Vernon Reid


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Vernon Reid (born August 22, 1958) is a guitar player, perhaps best known as the founder and primary songwriter of hard rock group Living Colour. He was named #66 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Reid is probably best known for leading Living Colour. He founded Living Colour in New York City circa 1985 and piloted the band through a successful career. 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 Rock Performance; opening for the Rolling Stones' 1989 "Steel Wheels" tour; and appearing on the first Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1991. Living Colour released "Collide0scope" in October of 2003 on Sanctuary Records.

In addition to his work with Living Colour, Reid has been engaged in a number of other projects. He released "Mistaken Identity", his first solo album in 1996 and has collaborated with the choreographers Bill T. Jones on "Still/Here" and Donald Byrd on "Jazztrain". He performed "Party 'Til The End of Time" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) with The Roots, an end of the millennium tribute featuring the music of Prince's album "1999". He also composed and performed "Bring Your Beats" a children's program for BAM. Reid has also produced records by Resort (a Mexican hard rock group) and two Grammy nominated albums: "Papa" by the great African singer Salif Keita and "Memphis Blood: The Sun Studio Sessions" by James "Blood" Ulmer.


Smash & Scatteration (with Bill Frisell) (1984)
GTR OBLQ (with Elliott Sharp and David Torn) (1998)
Mistaken Identity (1996)
This little room (2000) unreleased
Front End Lifter - Yohimbe Brothers (2002)
Known Unknown (2004)
The Tao Of Yo - Yohimbe Brothers (2004)
Other True Self (2006)

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