frank-marino 2016Francesco Antonio “Frank” Marino (born November 20, 1954) is an Italian Canadian guitarist, leader of Canadian hard rock band Mahogany Rush. Often compared to Jimi Hendrix, he is acknowledged as one of the best and most underrated guitarists of the 1970s.

After playing drums since he was five, around age 13–14 Marino started playing guitar. An often-repeated myth is he was visited by an apparition of Jimi Hendrix after a bad LSD trip, a myth Marino has always disavowed, and still does so now on his personal website.

His playing, however, is inspired by Hendrix (on the Gibson website he is described as “carrying Jimi’s psychedelic torch”), and Marino is notable for strong cover versions of Hendrix classics such as “Purple Haze”. He has been criticized by some as a Hendrix clone. Marino himself claims that he didn’t consciously set out to imitate Hendrix’s style at all: “The whole style just came naturally. I didn’t choose it; it chose me.”

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