Guitar legend Alvin Lee passed away today unexpectedly of complications from routine surgery. He was 68.
The British born Lee was best known for his time with Ten Years After. Lee provided one of the highlights of Woodstock with his powerful performance of “I’m Going Home” with a little bit of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” tossed into the mix.
Two years later, Ten Years After scored their biggest hit with “I’d Love to Change The World”. With lyrics like “Tax the rich/Feed the poor/Til there are no rich more” it could be interpreted as an anthem for Obama. On the other hand if you listen to the chorus “I’d love to change to world/But I don’t know what to do/So I’ll leave it upt to you”, it indicates that Lee recognized things are never as simple as that. Besides if there are no more rich, Lee would have missed out on a lot of royalty checks.
Here’s a rare interview Lee conducted back in 1988 in which discusses his playing style and musical influences.