Joe Satriani: "This Is Just Pure Music, and I Love It"

Over nearly 30 years as a solo artist, Joe Satriani has fused rock with blues, funk and world music among other styles (remember his 2000 electronica-meets-rock release, Engines of Creation?), all in an effort to do something new with each successive album. Given the sort of influences he had growing up, this should comes as no surprise.

"I grew up listening to early rock 'n' roll, Motown, British Invasion, funk and soul music," Satriani says. "And my parents were Jazz Age music listeners, so I also grew up listening to Miles Davis, swing music, Sinatra and Coltrane. It was a very eclectic upbringing."

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