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READER MAIL
TODD-DEVOTED
Thanks so much for the great Todd Rundgren interview (December '17). I've been a
faithful fan through all his creative twists and
turns since hearing Nazz's "Open My Eyes" in
'68. Who but Todd would put major-sevenths
in a rocking power-chord homage to The
Who's "I Can't Explain," then toss in a pretty
Beach Boys choral bridge to boot?
Rundgren is a true creative force with a
restless muse who refuses to be pigeonholed
or go to the well because it's easier or more
lucrative. Like Joni Mitchell, at times it seems
he has purposely torpedoed opportunities to
cash in - the heavily glammed appearance
on "The Midnight Special" in '73 comes
to mind - but his artistry is indisputable.
Not many musicians can boast Laura Nyro,
Gilbert & Sullivan, Thom Bell, West Side
Story, The Yardbirds, and Brian Wilson as
direct influences.
His musicianship, singing, songwriting,
arranging, and production sensibilities put
him in rarefied company. His wit, honesty,
commitment and willingness to take a stand
make him even more unique. And yeah, he
can play a pretty good guitar, too.
The annual uproar about his exclusion from
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become
more humorous over the years. Of course, he
has the rock-and-roll bona fides, but I would
guess he shares Groucho Marx's opinion: "I
don't want to belong to any club that would
have me as a member!"
I look forward to VG every month.
William Nollman
Norwalk, Connecticut
Since I'm old and not playing out much, I
nearly decided to not renew my subscription
to VG. However, I changed my mind upon
receiving the December issue. Therein, I
found [Wolf Marshall's "Fretprints" on] Billy
Butler, the guy singularly responsible for my
playing career.
I began playing in 1960, where I attended
a summer session for incoming freshmen
at Texas A&M, in Junction. There, a fellow
from New York had a Stella; he knew a few
open-string chords and taught me a I, IV, V
progression in E. More importantly though,
I picked out the intro to Bill Dogget's "Honky
Tonk," figuring that if I could learn just that
much, I'd be a happy man. I went on to learn
the entire solo without even realizing that

it was, in fact, a
solo. A life-long and
intimate relationship with the guitar was
launched there in that dusty, tin-roofed cabin
in the Texas hill country. Thanks, Mr. Butler,
for the inspiration.
Freddy McLain
Corpus Christi, Texas

WILLIE, TRIGGER, ET AL
I wrote a letter a few months ago to request
a story on guitars made in Mexico and South
American, and maybe even one on Willie
Nelson's Trigger, but forgot to send it... until

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I received the November '17 issue.
Low and behold, there's Shotgun Willie on the
cover, and for a kicker, you ran a shot of his
guitar ("Wooden Wonder: Mark Erlewine's 40
Years with Willie Nelson's Trigger") that I'd
pin to the wall if I wasn't gonna keep the issue!
Anyway, thank you for the informative
articles. There's so much to learn about
collectible guitars, and the details presented
by Michael Wright [in "Fiesta South of the
Border! Spanish Guitars in the New World"]
were astounding.
Jerry Blair
Canon City, Colorado

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