Sir Richard Bishop: From Sun City Girls to Rangda, Guitarist Defies Labels

By Mark Keresman

Jazz icon Duke Ellington had an expression for certain performers whose uniqueness and quality couldn't be easily summarized: Beyond category. One such musician in the post-Ellington, post-punk, and post-rock continuum is guitarist Sir Richard Bishop. First in the now-legendary Sun City Girls -- who emerged in the flowering of late '70s Phoenix punk that birthed the Meat Puppets and JFA -- and as a solo performer, Bishop creates mysterious, compelling, and fun music that defies pigeonholing.

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