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GUITAR SONGBOOKS

I’ve managed to collect a ton of official guitar songbook PDFs for various albums which are totally accurate and verified. I thought I’d make a masterpost for anyone who would like to use them! These links should send you to Google Drive and you can download them from there.

AC/DC - The Best Of

Alice In Chains - Dirt

Alice In Chains - Facelift

Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Audioslave - Audioslave

Blink-182 - Blink-182

Blink-182 - Enema Of The State

Blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket

Bon Jovi - Crossroad

Bush - Sixteen Stone

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head (Piano)

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (Piano)

Coldplay - Viva La Vida (Piano)

Coldplay - X & Y (Piano)

The Cranberries - The Best Of

David Bowie - The Best Of (Piano)

Def Leppard - The Best Of

Ed Sheeran - + (Piano)

Ed Sheeran - X

Eric Clapton - The Best Of

Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux

Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree

Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High

Florence And The Machine - Ceremonials (Piano)

Foo Fighters - The Best Of

Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown

Green Day - American Idiot

Green Day - Dookie

Green Day - Nimrod

Guns N’ Roses - Appetite For Destruction

Guns N’ Roses - Use Your Illusion I

Guns N’ Roses - Use Your Illusion II

Incubus - Make Yourself

Incubus - Morning View

Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

Led Zeppelin - IV

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight

Metallica - Load

Metallica - Master Of Puppets

Metallica - Metallica 

Metallica - Ride The Lightning

Metallica - St. Anger

Muse - Absolution (Piano)

Muse - Black Holes And Revelations

Muse - Origin Of Symmetry (Piano)

Muse - The Resistance

Muse - The 2nd Law (Piano)

Muse - Showbiz

Nirvana - In Utero

Nirvana - Incesticide

Nirvana - Nevermind

Nirvana - Unplugged In New York

Oasis - Be Here Now

Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Oasis - (What’s The Story) Morning Glory

Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Paramore - Paramore (Piano)

Paramore - Riot!

Pearl Jam - Ten

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Queen - The Best Of

R.E.M. - Out Of Time

R.E.M. - The Best Of

Radiohead - Amnesiac (Piano)

Radiohead - The Bends

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - Kid A (Piano)

Radiohead - OK Computer

Radiohead - Pablo Honey 

Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I’m With You

Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

The Rolling Stones - The Best Of

Silverchair - Frogstomp

The Strokes - Is This It

Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

Soundgarden - Superunknown

Van Halen - The Best Of

The White Stripes - Elephant

3 Doors Down - The Better Life

Kylo Ren and Rey, the notion of Equality and the Power of Love

A lot of meta and talk on this website has made me realize something. I don’t think of the Kylo x Rey dynamic in terms of equality or healthiness. (They aren’t in a relationship for one thing so whether they are or aren’t healthy is kind of a pointless discussion to have.) The only real equality I see in this ship is the equality of strength in the force and natural skill. (Like I personally think they’re pretty evenly matched but that could, I am sure, be debated.) In every other way I see this ship as a beautiful and dark exploration of the inequalities that are sometimes inherent in the nature of love. If Kylo falls for Rey, (and I personally read the scenes in TFA as, if not exactly paving the way for that at least strongly suggesting it) it’s not going to be solely because he sees her as an equal. That’s a good foundation and beginning and one that has been established already. The film makes it clear that he respects her strength and talent almost right away and that he takes her power seriously. But falling for someone…that goes beyond seeing the other as an equal.

 It involves falling at their feet, being stunned and overwhelmed by their qualities and their beauty, being struck and wounded and pierced and broken by them. It goes from saying “I see this person as my equal; we are the same” to loving someone because you see in them something more beautiful and more lovable than yourself. Falling in love, really falling, transcends mere equality; it involves abandon and adoration. It isn’t something based purely on an intellectual appraisal of the other’s qualities. It’s an instinctive delight in their beauty and brilliance that doesn’t bother to ask “is this equal to mine?” I guess what I’m saying is real love is generous and uncomplicated and giving. And I’ve always felt that it laughs at the notion of equality, the idea that somehow the beloved is on the same plane as the lover. Of course they aren’t on the same plane. They are a million times better. It’s why you love them.

And I understand that this notion of inequality that I’m trying (and failing) to articulate is troubling if understood in a certain light. I think we’re naturally wary of unbalanced relationships; we don’t like the idea of people losing all sense of self and drowning in relationships that are toxic or unfulfilling. And we’re right to be wary. There is something tragic and heartbreaking in the idea of someone loving another person wholeheartedly and getting nothing in return and, even though I believe you don’t have to let unrequited love turn you bitter, I admit that in real life, and even in most of the fiction I read, I don’t like those unbalanced or one sided relationships. But Rey and Kylo are different

They are already deeply opposed to each other; there is a seemingly insurmountable distance between them. At the end of the movie they are literally divided from each other by a separation of the earth. They are on opposing sides, warring sides, literally, and the gap between them seems both unbridgeable and, especially when it comes to thinking about any possibility of a love story happening between them, unthinkable. But that’s where the idea of unequal, unreasonable love comes in. Love is the only thing that can bridge this gap. Love is the only thing that can bridge the gap in Kylo between the light and the dark;  love can cross that terrifying void, the deep cleft he has made in himself. The idea of Kylo experiencing an overwhelming love for Rey that he cannot understand or avoid or change or ignore is an intoxicating and epic and beautiful one. 

Now I know there are a lot of people who think about Kylo x Rey differently and I don’t want to speak for everyone or invalidate other readings of this dynamic but for me, personally, what interests me most is the possibility of Kylo falling for Rey and not the other way around. (Side note: there are lots of interesting pieces of meta that I’ve read that talk about Rey being drawn to Kylo and possibly flirting with the dark side and I think they’re brilliant. Personally it isn’t my jam.) I have completely fallen in love with the idea of Kylo just wiping out when it comes to Rey. Of him falling for her so hard he doesn’t know what to do or how to function, of him falling completely against his will into the kind of love that’s so savage and so strong and so overwhelming it’s going to tear his entire world apart. And I think I love this idea so much because when it comes to Kylo there’s really nowhere for him to go but up.

 He’s fallen pretty far, let’s not kid ourselves. He’s a mess. He’s broken; he’s in pain. He’s done unspeakable things; he’s done things some people might even consider the kind of actions you don’t come back from. That you can’t come back from. That’s not what I think. I think he’s such an absolute mess that this kind of overwhelming unbearable love (that in normal non space opera situations could potentially lead to obsession or devastation or a completely unhealthy dynamic) is exactly what he needs. It’s the only thing capable of pulling him back from the brink, of storming into his mind and soul and forcibly breaking his false idols, his false ideas, his twisted sense of right and wrong. This kind of love could dazzle him, blind him, tear him and then become the key to his salvation. It could do the impossible; it could save Kylo Ren

 And the reasons I love this idea so much are two-fold and they’re intimately related. I believe Rey is capable of inspiring this kind of love without feeling any kind of reciprocal affection or having to change anything about who she is. Rey’s life and decisions and choices, her entire arc, could potentially be completely untouched by this. I’m not saying it’s going to happen this way; I understand if you don’t like this idea but I think there’s great beauty and tragic poetry in this idea of Rey meaning everything to Kylo while Kylo means nothing to Rey. It makes Rey the burning center of his world but it never makes him the center of hers. I like to think of it in terms of a star. The star is capable of transforming everything in its path without any effort. It is capable of destroying and transforming worlds without even knowing it’s doing it. Rey is capable of transforming one man’s entire life and achieving the salvation of a lost soul without actively willing anything. (Am I overstating this? I DON’T CARE!!!) And despite all of tumblr’s rhetoric on it, I truly believe that saving someone is the most beautiful thing one human can do for another. And yes, of course DUH he has to do it himself etc etc but she would be the catalyst of it. She would be the spark of the fire that could transform Kylo’s whole world and in lighting that fire her own brightness would in no way diminish nor her own importance as the central figure of this trilogy be lessened. She is the star. He is not.

 And the second reason I love it is that it would be the most beautiful testament to the power of love. Sometimes I think we don’t think enough about love’s power the same way we think of the power of hate or greed. Love is just as powerful; it can be a driving force and a vicious motivator. It teaches gentleness but love itself is not weak; it’s the most powerful thing there is. And for someone like Kylo to learn that…Kylo who has made up his mind where true power lies. Kylo who has turned his back on the light because he wants desperately to be strong. For Kylo to be reminded of how wrong he is, to be physically, spiritually and emotionally convinced of the power of love (and thus the power of light) by the kind of love that has him in its grip, that’s slowly battering away at all of his false ideas and wearing down this false equivocation of light and weakness and darkness and strength that exists within him…how amazing and beautiful would that be. To see the violence love is capable of wrecking. And after that to see the healing it can engender. Love could destroy him, yes. But then it could rebuild him. It could teach him to be gentle again; it could bring him peace. Whether or not it is reciprocated I truly believe that love is the key to the transformation of Kylo Ren and to his happiness. And watching that arc unfold, redemption motivated by love, would be such a good reminder that love is not just a feeling but a force (yeah I know) and one that carries you so much farther than hatred ever will.

September 12 - Wish You Were Here was released on this day in 1975.

When Pink Floyd entered Abbey Road’s Studio 3 to record the next album after Dark Side of the Moon, they felt creatively drained. They had achieved all the fame and fortune that every rock band dreams to have, and the pressure was on to do it again. The band could have just as easily broken up, a victim of its own success.

David Gilmour had preferred to record the trio of post-Dark Side jams they had been developing on tour: “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, “Raving and Drooling”, and “You Gotta Be Crazy”. But Roger Waters arrived at the concept of supplementing the Syd Barrett tribute Shine On with other new songs lamenting Syd’s absence and absence in general. Shine On’s crib mates were put on the shelf until the next album, Animals (with some retooling they became “Sheep” and “Dogs”, respectively). A secondary theme also emerged: criticism of the machinations of the music industry, in the form of “Welcome to the Machine” and “Have a Cigar”, the latter more blatant with lyrics from the first person perspective of a fat cat music executive spouting greedy clichés.

The packaging of the album also explored the theme of absence. The front cover: two businessmen shaking hands, a gesture that proves to be lacking sincerity when one of them gets burned in the deal. The back cover: an empty suit selling transparent Floyd records (and his soul) in the desert (note the various Pink Floyd stickers on the briefcase, and the record is Wish You Were Here itself). On an enclosed postcard: a diver without a splash. The inner sleeve: a veil in a windswept grove (look closer for the ghostly image of the woman behind the veil). All of this was to be wrapped in opaque black shrink wrap, forcing the art within to be absent from the record shop shelves and denying its use for the commercial purpose of selling the album. They compromised with the reality that the art is in fact a product for sale and must have some identification by allowing a sticker – depicting a robotic, inhuman handshake – over the shrink wrap. When Storm Thorgerson presented his concept to the band, they applauded.

Wish You Were Here was released on September 12, 1975. It was an instant number one in the UK, where demand was so great that stores received only 50% of their initial orders. In the US, it reached number one in its second week. It was Pink Floyd’s fastest selling album ever. The album is a favorite of many Pink Floyd fans, and David Gilmour and Richard Wright cited it as their favorite as well.