In celebration of both his 75th birthday and his legacy of 55 years, Jan Akkerman was awarded by his label Red Bullet, Music On Vinyl and his long-time biographer/archivist Wouter Bessels.
In addition to the release of the special anniversary compilation album 75 on vinyl, guitarist Jan Akkerman was awarded with a 'Special Achievement Award' by his label Red Bullet, Music On Vinyl and his long-time biographer/archivist Wouter Bessels on his 75th birthday on 24th December.
Four weeks ago - on 26th November - Music On Vinyl released 75, a special anniversary compilation album showcasing the legacy of a singular and ground-breaking artist who has never done the same thing twice. A career-spanning 2LP, housed in a gatefold sleeve with extensive liner notes by his biogapher/archivist Wouter Bessels. The vinyl package is available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on gold coloured vinyl.
Jan Akkerman has been making music professionally for over 55 years. To this day, he is regarded as one of The Netherlands' most respected guitarists. During the late Sixties and overall Seventies, Akkerman achieved worldwide success with his progressive rock bands Brainbox and Focus. Focus' second studio album Focus II/Moving Waves (1971) earned international acclaim. In particular, the single “Hocus Pocus”, which appeared in numerous TV shows (Top Gear, Skins, Supernatural), films (Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) and ads including Nike.
After leaving Focus, Akkerman continued as a solo musician, incorporating jazz fusion, classical music, r&b and other influences into his distinguished sound. He has also worked with the likes of B.B. King, Charlie Byrd, Cozy Powell, Claus Ogerman and Ice-T. In 1973 leading British music magazine Melody Maker ranked Jan above Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Jimmy Page in its 'Best International Guitarist' poll, firmly establishing his status as an influential and popular guitarist.
Going forward to this day, Jan Akkerman is still actively making music and performing. A special tour was supposed to take place around this time, in celebration of his 75th birthday. Since these live shows have been postponed, let's celebrate his legacy with his music on vinyl!
For more info on Jan Akkerman - 75: https://www.musiconvinyl.com/catalog/jan-akkerman/75#.YbtsoXyZPZs