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Video & audio interview: Folk guitar great Bert Jansch dies of cancer at 67

2011 October 5
by Steve Ide

Bert Jansch, a founding member the seminal band Pentangle and amazing fingerstyle guitarist, died Oct. 5, 2011, of cancer. The Scottish folk musician was a leading force in the British folk revival of the 60s. He was 67.

Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch

According to The Guardian, Jansch was known as the “British Bob Dylan,” and his music was influential:

Those he influenced included Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon, Donovan, Bernard Butler and Paul Simon. According to fellow guitarist Johnny Marr: “He completely reinvented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequalled today … without Bert Jansch, rock music as it developed in the 60s and 70s would have been very different.”

BBC News interviewed Jansch and bandmate Jacqui McShee in 2011:


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