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    Hackett, Steve (12th February 1950-Present)

    He is a guitarist/songwriter born Stephen Richard Hackett in Pimlico, London, England.  He was with the band Quiet World and then in 1970 he became a member of the group Genesis.  He is renowned for his mastery of guitar techniques such as "tapping" which is used in tracks such as "The Musical Box" and "Dancing in a Moonlight Night".  He also pioneered the use of "sweep-picking" which was first used on the Selling England by the Pound album and his solo on "Firth of Frith" is considered by many to be one of the great electric guitar solos.  He released his first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte in 1975 and following its success he left the band in 1977.  He formed the group GTR in 1986 along with Steve Howe from Asia and Yes.  His brother John is a flutist and guitar player and has appeared with him in his more recent works.  Artists such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Mike Holmes have cited him as an influence while he has cited Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Beck and J.S. Bach as his own.  His wife, Kim Poor, is an artist and has painted the covers for all of his solo albums.  On leaving Genesis he made the statement "I was getting tired of bringing ideas into the group which I felt they weren't going to do. I felt that the band was heading towards an area that was becoming very safe."  



    1. http://www.stevehackett.com/
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Hackett
    3. home.att.net/~los.endos/genesis/archive1967.htm


    Here he is with his band singing "Everyday"....








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