Blogs, articles, and other words by Keith Link

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The enigmatic guitarist known only as Buckethead has captured the imagination of fans and musicians alike. But who is this masked man? And why is he wearing a chicken bucket? We may never know. Continue reading

Famous Guitarists And Their Guitars, Part 2

When it comes to your average guitar god, an iconic guitar is never far behind. Join Keith Link for part two of his romp through the garden of legendary players and their axes. Continue reading

Where Creativity Comes From

Why do artists do what they do? It's an imperative as old as humanity itself, but we're still not sure. At least we know Van Gogh didn't do it for the money. Continue reading

Embracing Your Crazy Ideas

Creativity lives in the margins between sane and crazy. The great creative minds of every generation have the courage to see their vision through, even when no one else understands. Continue reading

Famous Guitarists And Their Guitars, Part 1

History is full of great guitarists developing a tight bond with their favorite instrument. A trust between guitar and artist is built, defining the sound for their whole career. Continue reading

3 Ways To Keep Yourself Growing As A Songwriter

History’s most influential artists were in a constant state of growth. To see what they saw and feel what they felt, you’ll need to open your eyes to the world around you, a little more each day. Continue reading

The Edge

Fully embracing the electric guitar and modern effects as his palette, U2's The Edge has added distinct, tasteful and unexpected textures to the language of rock guitar. Continue reading

Michael Hedges

Michael Hedges explored every inch of his acoustic guitar to create his amazing original music. Every sound it could produce from percussion to melody was tapped with a fervor that changed our musical landscape forever. Continue reading

Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads brought an unmistakable mix of power and elegance to the guitar in his few short years as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and collaborator. Continue reading

5 Tips To Turn Your Band Into Twitter Rock Stars

Twitter is a great tool to reach your audience and connect with new fans. With just a few easy guidelines your band will have a powerful broadcast medium to get the word out. Continue reading

U2: Rattle and Hum (1988)

The band first got together in school in 1976, went through a few name changes including Feedback before settling on U2, and just four short years later they were signed to Island Records and put on the path that would inevitably catapult them into the upper echelon of defining 1980s bands. It’s something of a […] Read the article...

Siblings In Cinema

Filmmaking is a team effort. No one can put an epic story onto the Big Screen alone. Truth is, filmmakers have a lot of help from people with titles like Assistant to the Assistant Director and Best Boy and Flower Girl and… oh wait. But you get the idea. And aside from good old-fashioned teamwork, Hollywood also […] Read the article...

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

I’ve always appreciated the Kids In The Hall. They were probably among the first of the sketch comedy troupes to break out with a TV show. Back before Comedy Central started mining everybody imaginable for a show. And by appreciated, I mean I didn’t follow the TV show too closely when it was on the […] Read the article...

The Dark and Dream-like Title Sequences of David Fincher Films

Filmmaker David Fincher has had a bit of a whirlwind career. From making movies on his super 8 mm as a child to landing a spot at ILM working on features like Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It is perhaps his later work […] Read the article...

Fido (2006)

What can be said about a little film like Fido (2006)? Written and directed by Andrew Currie (Mile Zero), this somewhat twisted – if not also a bit charming – take on a simpler 1950’s era world where zombies happen to be kept as servants is a fresh spin on the zombie movie genre. To […] Read the article...

Repo Man (1984)

Directed by Alex Cox (Sid and Nancy, 1986) and Produced by Michael Nesmith (The Monkees), this Punk Rock, Sci Fi, Comedy – a product of the MTV Generation has become a cult classic. An anthem for the disenfranchised, the outcast… or rather, the kid who buys their punk accessories at the mall with mommy’s credit […] Read the article...

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead is heavily steeped with classic 80’s Horror film prerequisites: clueless victims, bad fashion, heavy metal soundtrack, gratuitous nudity, and over-the-top gore – and though these traits also serve to date it a bit, this gem of a flick still stands up as a loving nod to George Romero’s Zombie […] Read the article...

Vincent (1982)

Tim Burton was an animator at Disney in the early 1980’s. However, his unique style didn’t always jive so well with the projects he was tasked with there. The Fox and the Hound (1981) was one such project he worked on that failed to stimulate his unique creativity. I’m sure in a modest attempt to find […] Read the article...

Westworld (1973)

Writer / Director Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain, Coma, Jurassic Park) has the uncanny ability to pit science and technology against man like no other. Usually in his stories, man has overstepped a bit and it’s up to science to teach him a cold hard lesson. And why not? Crichton has developed his own special […] Read the article...

Max Dugan Returns (1983)

Nora (Marsha Mason) is a high school teacher and single mother who lives with her son Michael (Mathew Broderick). Their modest life is turned upside down when Nora’s estranged father Max Dugan (Jason Robards) shows up in the middle of the night offering a briefcase of money in exchange for a dying wish: time to […] Read the article...

Double Dare (2004)

This insightful behind-the-scenes documentary by Amanda Micheli, follows then up-and-coming stunt performer and actor Zoe Bell as she works hard to make her mark in Hollywood. The documentary covers Zoe Bell’s early career in New Zealand as Lucy Lawless’ stunt double on the popular TV series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001) to her arrival in LA […] Read the article...

Silent Running (1972)

SIlent Running (1972) is a classic Sci Fi film and directorial debut for visual effects wiz Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner). It’s set in a future where Earth has become over-populated and polluted and wildlife preservation pods are set up in space in hopes that an […] Read the article...

Paris, Texas (1984)

Director Wim Wender’s 1984 film Paris, Texas is the type of movie that draws you in and unravels with great depth. Is it a B Movie? perhaps not, but it is a bit of a forgotten gem and a favorite of mine. A film to definitely explore if you haven’t yet seen it. In this […] Read the article...

The Animated Shorts of UPA (1940s-1960s)

UPA is an American animation studio started in the early 1940's. The following is just a sampling of the theatrical shorts UPA produced within the 1940s and 1960s. Read the article...

Fantastic Planet (1973)

Fantastic Planet is a ground-breaking animated science fiction film by René Laloux. It's combination of colorful, dream-like landscapes and unique story earned it the special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Read the article...