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Mike_Molenda-1Guitar Player Records – a new imprint label dedicated to all things guitar.  Editor in Chief Michael Molenda will head up the label and in the next coming months will keep his ears open for new and exciting artists to provide releases for the label.

Mike Molenda is an American writer, musician, producer, director and current Editor in Chief of Guitar Player Magazine since 1998, the longest to do so in the publication’s 47-year old history.

Mike has worked, collaborated, interviewed, and played with the likes of Joe Satriani, Paul McCartney, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Les Paul, Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Dick Dale, Peter Frampton, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Andy Summers, Larry Carlton, George Lynch, Steve Lukather, Jennifer Batten, Nuno Bettencourt, Reeves Gabrels, Earl Slick, Richie Kotzen, Carlos Alomar, Iggy Pop, and George Martin among others. Since taking over as Editor in Chief, Molenda has created the Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar Competition, Guitar Player’s Certified Legend Award, and the Ronnie Montrose Rock the Nation Award honoring young guitarists who aspire to greatness.

Prior to Guitar Player Magazine, Molenda was the Editor in Chief of Electronic Musician from 1990-1998 and transformed the once-DIY/computer magazine into the largest and most successful home-recording publication of its time. In 1983, he launched San Francisco’s first live multimedia rock-theater piece, Streetbeat, at Bill Graham’s Wolfang’s Night Club with 20 dancers, a full band, projection screens, voice-overs, and actors. Whoopi Goldberg was the opening act.

Molenda_Stage1Molenda has written and edited several books for Hal Leonard Publishing, including, The Guitar Player Book, Guitar Heros of the ’70s, and 50 Unsung Heros of the Guitar. He also wrote and directed the video for Picture Me Broken’s “(Dearest) I’m So Sorry” and produced two songs by rockabilly artist Dave Cimmen for the Michael Douglas/Sean Penn film, THE GAME. Additionally, he has produced and engineered tracks for clients such as NASA, Roto Rooter, SBK Music, Sire Records, The National Park Service, Lines Ballet and Max Headroom.

In addition to his work as Editor in Chief of Guitar Player Magazine, Molenda currently plays with the Shinkickers, and a punk-rock tribute to the Monkees, The Trouble With Monkeys.