BUILDING ALLAN'S RED CHARVEL We came across this blog post from 2013 by Henry Boyle, who worked on building Allan's red Charvel back in the early 80s. Recommended reading! "In Early 1981, about one year after I started working at the Charvel factory in San Dimas, California, we welcomed Allan Holdsworth to Southern California by committing ourselves to making him an instrument(s) that met his requirements, which included very good ideas about what he wanted, in the way of ergonomics, and how it responded sonically to his touch. I was absolutely elated to be one of the point people of the team, to bounce ideas back and forth, toward the goal of focusing the physical and sonic elements of the instrument(s) that would become his main recording and touring tools for several years on." [Click the link for more.]
Allan’s daughter Louise, on behalf of the Holdsworth family, has made an announcement on Facebook that Allan’s headstone is completed, and that when the ashes have been placed, the location will be revealed so people can pay their respects. Louise informs that the headstone is green granite, one of Allan’s favorite colors. The Western style font is a nod to his love of Clint Eastwood and old Western movies. The top quote was chosen by the family as one they found to be true, but which he admittely would hate. The bottom quote was how he would describe himself. The urn is made from alder, one of his choice woods for his guitars. The location will be close to his old favorite cycling grounds. The Allan Holdsworth Archives will of course notify you when the location has been made public, which should happen within a few weeks.
Gary Husband New Series of Drum Tuition Videocasts A message from Gary Husband: I’m thrilled to have started filming a series of drum tuition videocasts which I’m looking to launch at the end of the summer. They’ll be available on a relaxed pay-as-you-go basis and no subscription will be needed. I’m really excited about what I’ve prepared so far, and to check I’m on track and in line with what you might like to see from me, I have devised a short questionnaire that shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to complete. If you are potentially interested in the videocasts, and you would be happy to give up a few moments of your time, this would be of enormous value to me. Your responses will help me fine tune the content and ensure you're getting what you want. And for those that would like to be kept up to date on the Videocast Series there’s a chance to leave your contact details in there too. Here’s the link: https://forms.gle/Ss96Sc6Aka9aHCEQA Huge thanks for your help and support.
Steve Newton just sent this message: "I just posted the audio of my never-before-heard 1983 interview with Allan Holdsworth on my new Patreon page. I would like to share it for free with the members of the Allan Holdsworth Archives, as they're the ones who would most appreciate it. I will be posting my other interview with Allan, from 1986, at some point as well. Please check out the site and support my work if you see fit. thanks --the Newt" Big thanks to Steve, and enjoy!
Here's a very unusual arrangement that Allan never recorded on a studio album. The intro and outro is from "Stop Fiddling", written by Gordon Beck, and recorded on the duet album "The Things You See". The tune in the middle is known both as "Drifting Into The Attack" and later as "Gas Lamp Blues" (on "All Night Wrong").
The Allan Holdsworth Archives has a project going: Trying to index all the live videos/audio of Allan on YouTube. Here are drafts for playlists for every year from 1972. Check it out. There are also drafts for some other videos of interest. If you have corrections and additions, please make a comment!