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Alvin Lee

“Gone Home”

Presented here is my painting of a young Alvin Lee of Ten Years After. Many people have requested this painting over the years, and it’s with that enthusiasm that I rocked this thing with him playing his iconic hollow body Gibson Custom ES-335, “Big Red”.

A lot of us have carried the memory for decades of Alvin doing his energetic take of I’m Going Home at Woodstock in August of 1969. With his recent passing in 2013, I thought it appropriate to title this one… Gone Home!

Alvin Lee, born Graham Anthony Barnes on December 19, 1944 was an English singer and guitarist, best known as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the blues rock band Ten Years After. He was born in Nottingham and began playing guitar at the age of 13.

In 1960, Lee along with Leo Lyons formed the core of the band Ten Years After. He was influenced by his parents’ collection of jazz and blues records, but it was the advent of rock and roll that sparked his interest. Alvin Lee’s performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, notably his closing song “I’m Going Home”, was captured on film in the documentary of the event, and his ‘lightning-fast’ playing helped catapult him to stardom. Soon the band was playing arenas and stadiums around the globe. The film brought Alvin’s music to a worldwide audience, although he later lamented that he missed the lost freedom and spiritual dedication with his earlier public. Ten Years After had great success, releasing ten albums together, but by 1973, Alvin was feeling limited by the band’s style. Moving to Columbia Records resulted in a radio hit song, “I’d Love To Change the World”.

Alvin Lee was named “the Fastest Guitarist in the West”, and was considered a precursor to shred-style playing that would develop in the 1980s.

Alvin died on March 6, 2013 in Spain from unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.

I’m honored to be able to share this art of Alvin with you with this high quality print. I hope you enjoy!

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Only 250 Limited Edition Paper Giclee Prints have been created 
at the size of 19″ x 27″ (48.3 cm x 68.6cm)

 

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Print price is $379 plus shipping, $8.95 in the US, $16.95 International.  (Note, the copyright image will not appear on your print).
 
 
 
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