Documentary Review: “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet”


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Directed by Jesse Vile, a visualization of the life into this mysterious guitarist by the name of Jason Becker is seen. Yes Becker, a young vibrant, enthusiastic individual wanting to be a prominent guitarist one day.  Uncle Ron Becker draws him into playing the six stringed instrument that would for a long time, induct Becker into becoming a famous rock musician.  Digging and being influenced by classic guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Yngwie Malmsteen, Becker would develop a kill of shred guitar melody.  in high school, Marty Friedman would have Becker collaborate with him in neo-classical group “Cacophony.”  Asked to fill Steve Vai’s spot in David Lee Roth’s band made Becker even more known. Distortion shred was inevitable for the young Becker. Unfortunately, leg pain and being unbalanced would lead to Becker’s eventual diagnosis of  ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and break up in Roth’s group.  Being told only a few years to live out, this shred guitar did not give up on music that he wanted to complete.  For the next 20 years and over, Becker composed beautiful music and released several studio albums, displaying true emotions of him through art. Jason’s skills definitely proves how he has charisma as not only a musician, but a guitarist that can hone a no speed limit on the six-stringed instrument. And this documentary was excellent at constructing the profile of an individual with high musicianship. [A]

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One thought on “Documentary Review: “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet”

  1. Reblogged this on Welcome to the Music Club and commented:

    The life of a true musician who played with stars like Marty Freidman formerly of Megadeth and David Lee Roth of Van Halen. However, ALS strickend Becker’s dream of becoming a bigger guitar star. Despite this, he rose back up and continues to make music today. The documentary is available on Amazon and iTunes. Check out my review of this documentary.=)

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