Johnny Winter
(Copyright © 1999 Piero Scaruffi | Legal restrictions - Termini d'uso )

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La sensazione del blues revival degli anni '70 fu Johnny Winter, chitarrista acrobatico i cui album proponevano il solito materiale riciclato dagli anni '50 ma all'insegna della sua virtuosistica pirotecnica. La sua immagine di redneck hippie venne imposta con uno dei piu` eclatanti (e grotteschi) battage pubblicitari dell'epoca.

In realta` Winter era stato un punk ante-litteram, suonando per anni uno scatenato garage-rock documentato sugli album di demo, inediti e rarita` Progressive Blues Experiment (GRT, 1968), About Blues (Janus, 1971), Before The Storm (Janus, 1971), First Winter (Buddha), Birds Can't Row Boats (Relix, 1988), Suicide Won't Satisfy (2001). A soli sedici anni aveva inciso School Day Blues (Dart, 1960), seguito dagli strumentali Creepy e Voodoo Twist, e poi da Eternally (Atlantic, 1963), Gone For Bad (MGM, 1965), dalla psichedelica Birds Can't Row Boats (Pacemaker, 1968) e da Tramp/ Parchman Farm (Universal, 1967), registrato con i Traits.

La sua carriera ufficiale si aperse invece con Johnny Winter (Columbia, 1969), contenente Dallas, e culmino` con il doppio Second Winter (Columbia, 1970), e l'ambizioso And (Columbia, 1970), con Rick Derringer dei McCoys, album discretamente noiosi e un po' patetici.

Dopo essersi disintossicato, Winter si trasformo` in energetico rocker con l'album Still Alive And Well (Columbia, 1973), che annovera Still Alive And Well e Too Much Seconal. John Dawson Winter III (Blue Sky, 1974) e Saints And Sinners (Columbia, 1974) proponevano ormai dell'hard-rock di maniera e i media si dimenticarono rapidamente di lui.

Dopo il Together (1976) con suo fratello Edgar, Winter torno` alle sue umili origini blues con Nothin' But The Blues (Columbia, 1977), con Muddy Waters White Hot And Blue (Columbia, 1978), Raisin' Cain (Columbia, 1980).

Surprisingly, Winter's comeback with Guitar Slinger (Alligator, 1984) was truly impressive. The album displayed his soul more than his technique and achieved what his stardom never managed to achieve (It's My Life baby, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and the punk-rock of Mad Dog). Serious Business (Alligator, 1985), 3rd Degree (Alligator, 1986), with Dr John, and The Winter of 88 (MCA, 1988) are no less accomplished, although the selection of songs was progressively less inspired.

Let Me In (Charisma, 1991) is another winner, again thanks to superior material (Let Me In, Medicine Man, Illustrated Man) and impeccable execution. The forceful boogie of Hey Where's Your Brother (Charisma, 1992) is a welcome counterpart that completes Winter's resurgence.

Winter died in july 2014.

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