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018. JAMES GURLEY (deceased). Bands assoc./w: Big Brother & the Holding Company; solo; J. P. Pickens & the Progressive Bluegrass Boys; plays in local bands in Palm Desert, CA. Now called the "Father of the Psychedelic Guitar." Real name: same. Religious beliefs: raised Catholic; studied to be a monk; studied Zen Buddhism and various.

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bobquack said...

James died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 of a heart attack. He was one of the truly talented eccentric guitarists who didn't play according to normal methods. He used thumb and finger picks and played outside the normal rock boundaries, drawing on his experience with a progressive bluegrass band.
Sadly, he parted ways with the Big Brother reunion after some disagreements with the band. He was 69.