(born August 22, 1958) is an English-born American guitarist
, songwriter, composer and bandleader. Best known as the founder and primary songwriter of the heavy metal band Living Colour
, Reid was named #66 on Rolling Stone
magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Critic Steve Huey writes, " rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from heavy metal and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well."
Early life and career
Reid was born in London, England to Caribbean
parents, but grew up in New York City. He attended the prestigious math-science-engineering Brooklyn Technical High School. He first came to prominence in the 1980s in the band of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson
. 1984's Smash & Scatteration
was a duo record with guitarist Bill Frisell
. In 1985, Reid co-founded the Black Rock Coalition
with journalist Greg Tate
and producer Konda Mason.
Reid is best known for leading Living Colour. Early versions of the group formed in New York City in 1983, but the personnel solidified in 1985-86, and Reid led the group for about another decade.
Among the highlights: a double platinum-selling debut album Vivid
, released in 1988; its gold-certified successor, Time's Up
, released 1990; two consecutive Grammy Awards
in the category of Best Hard... Read More