THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Glenn Branc – “Lesson No 1 for Eletric Guitar”.
Lesson No. 1 (1980) was Glenn Branca’s first release as a composer. Originally issued as a 12″ EP, or mini-album, it featured two tracks, the beautiful and accessible title track — composed as a response to listening to Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.
The players on this date were organist Anthony Coleman, drummer Stephen Wischerth, F.L.Schroder on bass, Branca and Michael Gross on guitars.
Lesson No. 1 is a powerful, wrenching, transcendent piece of rock guitar classicism that, if there is any justice, will get a wider and more appreciative hearing in the 21 century.