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article imageOp-Ed: New tour and autobiography from Martin Turner of Wishbone Ash

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By Alexander Baron
Nov 27, 2011 in Entertainment
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More than any other, Wishbone Ash were the band that developed the twin lead guitar sound in contemporary rock. Now the voice behind the band is launching both a new tour and his autobiography.
Although he doesn't have the same mega-bucks as Paul McCartney, it's a safe bet that Martin Turner isn't doing this for the money. If you have to ask Martin who? he will surely forgive you, because this man hasn't had fifteen minutes of fame but more than four decades of for the most part high quality music making.
For a very potted history of Wishbone Ash, click here. For a more detailed account of the band that holds the copyright to the name, check out the website of Wishbone Ash.
For Martin Turner's Wishhbone Ash, click here.
For SongFacts, click here.
It is sad that not all friendships stand the test of time, including those based on working relationships, so it would be undiplomatic to mention Andy Powell in connection with this article except to say that he too is still making great music forty and more years on.
Martin Turner was a founder member of Wishbone Ash, the original line up of the band (under that name) being (the unrelated) Ted Turner and Andy Powell on twin lead, and Steve Upton on drums.
Although the band had other voices including Andy Powell and even very briefly a female vocalist, Martin Turner was always the voice. It's him you hear on the dreamlike Persephone from the classic Live Dates double album, and it is also his voice on No Easy Road.
That uptempo rockin' track dates from 1972, when the men who wrote it had little understanding of its subject matter, but it has stood the test of time, and although Wishbone Ash have been more successful than most, it is no easy road doing tour after tour after tour, album after album after album, maintaining the work ethnic, self-criticism, and even running a fan forum.
The authorised biography of Wishbone Ash was published in 2001: Blowin’ Free: Thirty Years Of Wishbone Ash by Gary Carter & Mark Chatterton takes its title from an early Ash classic, which in turn takes its name from an old girlfriend of the bass player and vocalist. Martin's new book is likely to take a more personal look at life on the road and in the studio; its full title is No Easy Road – My Life and Times with Wishbone Ash.
Meanwhile, if you are not a fan, ie if you're too young and have led too sheltered a life to have come across these monsters of melodic and progressive rock, check out both Martin's website and some of the excellent videos on YouTube.
Wishbone Ash have released a number of singles over the years, and all of them have bombed, but although they have a fine studio sound, this is a band you have to see live, even without the classic line up of Andy Powell/Ted Turner or Powell & Laurie Wisefield. Martin is also releasing a live audio of a 2010 concert; details can be found here.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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