Bill Berends

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About me

Gender Male
Occupation Musician
Location NJ, United States
Introduction guitarist/composer/producer - probably best known to the world at large as the guitarist in the progressive rock band Mastermind which I formed with my drummer brother Rich Berends in 1986. We released quite a few albums since then and had a pretty good run over the years, I sincerely thank all our fans for their wonderful support! Mastermind is still a viable musical entity and there will be more music to come from there, but I also have other musical activities I think are best presented separately to avoid confusion.

This blog will delve into music & opinions that aren't represented by or intended to reflect on Mastermind. In other words, although Mastermind represents a big part of my musical psyche and I'm proud it, things do evolve over 20 years time. I imagine at the outset that guitars and guitar playing will be the primary focus here, but my thoughts do tend to wander so anything musical (and more) is possible! I hope you find it enjoyable.
Interests music, guitars, people, art, politics, technology
Favorite Music The Beatles, John Mayall, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Spirit, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Ten Years After, Blind Faith, Mountain, Jimi Hendrix, West Bruce & Laing, Airforce, Masters of Reality, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Bo Hansson, Return to Forever, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Dimitri Shostikovitch, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Gustav Mahler, Bruckner, Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Stravinsky, Ginastera, Gorecki, Jimmy Dawkins, Freddy King, Jeff Beck, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Tony Williams Lifetime, Michael Mantler, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, Graham Bond Organization, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, Blue Cheer, Jens Johansson, Synergy, Tangerine Dream, Morton Subotnick, Dick Hyman, Link Wray, A Perfect Circle, Jan Hammer, Jethro Tull, Refugee, ELP, UK, Devo, Mastermind, Bill Berends