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Influential Guitarist Bert Jansch Has Passed Away

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A sad day for the music world.

He may not have had a household name, but Bert Jansch was an incredibly influential guitarist who has passed away of lung cancer at 67-years-old.

Bert was an influence on many well-known artists, including Nick Drake and Devandra Banhart. He was even ripped off by Jimmy Page, who used Bert's arrangement for the song Blackwaterside on the track Black Mountain Side (from Led Zeppelin's debut album).

More than anything else, Bert is probably most well known for being a guitarist in the band Pentagle, who were one of the leaders of the British folk-rock revival in the late '60s.

Recently, Bert opened for several of Neil Young's tours, including one in which he performed at NYC's Avery Fisher Hall back in April.

Our thought go out to Bert's family, friends, and the many artists who he's influenced and inspired over the years.

Rest in Peace, Bert.

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One comment to “Influential Guitarist Bert Jansch Has Passed Away”



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    Thank you Perez for posting this. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the loss of Bert Jansch has been overlooked. My husband is a fan. Fortunately we were able to see him in concert and meet him after the show. RIP Bert Jansch.