JP Baldwin

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EVH @ The Smithsonian

The first time I heard the name Eddie Van Halen was when, as an aspiring young guitar player, I first experienced THAT solo from Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”. In an era of imitators, Eddie was truly something special.

Here’s a recent talk he gave at the Smithsonian as part of their “What It Means To Be An American” series. EVH talks about how as a young child born to parents from Holland and Indonesia, he migrated to the U.S. With relentless creativity, experimentation, and unparalleled curiosity, he would later become one of the most influential guitarists of all time, in addition to an icon of American rock and roll.

Eddie Van Halen’s Smithsonian Talk