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Paülskiröcks
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So I started out playing on a guitar from Gemco.  Got a Washburn in Santa Cruz.  Such a fine guitar.  Played with a bunch of people in Topanga and Northern California.  And Woodstock...yeah.  Threw down a solo for an Eleven Shadows song. Wrote some songs with this guy named Brian and a bunch of other people.  I sing too.  I named my band Paulskirocks because.  And I do rock. More than ever.  I like to wear sandals on construction sites. Hey, need any electrical work done?

- Paülskiröcks


Ravi Shankar, Alvin Lee, and Paulskirocks - here in his One Legged Crane Pose learned from Indian guru Ustad Khan Ali - in a guitar summit for the ages, in back of the stage at Woodstock, 1969.

Paulskirocks began playing guitar in One Legged Crane Pose at Woodstock. He perfected the pose at the now-infamous concert at Budokan in 1974, staying in position for 42 minutes, igniting a near-riot frenzy and influencing arena rock poses for an entire generation of Japanese guitarists.

Photo courtesy of rock photographer Wilhelm Jacobian Meyers, "The Legends of Rock" (Chronicle Publications)


Unveiling riffs that would become Paulskirocks "Them Voices" backstage, L.A. Forum,1976,
as Eric Johnson, Neal Schon, and Elliot Easton look on

Photo courtesy of rock photographer Wilhelm Jacobian Meyers, "The Legends of Rock" (Chronicle Publications)


Paulskirocks, Joni Mitchell, and Rickie Lee Jones work out song arrangements for their 1974 release "Spork and Kart".

Although known for his blistering electric guitar wizardry, Paulskirocks has displayed exquisite fingerpicking on several California folk albums.

Photo courtesy of rock photographer Wilhelm Jacobian Meyers, "The Legends of Rock" (Chronicle Publications)


The first wave of punk from England infused Paulskirocks with raw stage performances (1978, courtesy of NME)