Three decades ago, Ed Chang began engaging in various projects exploring the outer reaches of jazz and classical music, eventually pushing into the unbounded expanse of free improvisation, experimental music and abstract sound design. In recent years, Chang has been more active as a writer, using the blog platform to publish book-length treatises on composers (Beethoven, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Allan Holdsworth, Jimi Hendrix, etc) and genre writers (H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock, Roger Zelazny, etc). Chang’s writing projects focus on creative “mavericks” who continually forged new paths in their chosen arenas, persistently taking risks throughout their careers in order to establish fresh worlds of expression and then moving on to create new innovations. Ed Chang is based in New York City and still plays guitar, but less often with metal-working tools these days.
Guitarist Allan Holdsworth is revered by some of the most accomplished musicians in rock, jazz, fusion and metal. This book examines Holdsworth's wide-ranging musical history and provides a listening guide to his entire discography, now numbering over 60 albums.