Michael Monarch

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Michael Monarch
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Background information
Birth name Michael Monarch
Born (1950-07-05) July 5, 1950 (age 65)
Los Angeles, United States
Genres Hard rock, Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Rock and roll, Folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts Steppenwolf
Kozmic Blues Band
Hokus Pokus
World Classic Rockers
Website michaelmonarch.com
Notable instruments
1952 Fender Esquire

Michael Monarch (born on July 5, 1950 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist. He is best known for his work with the band Steppenwolf.

As the original lead guitarist with Steppenwolf (until 1969)[1][2] he played on all their hits, including "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me" while still in high school. He also played on Janis Joplin's album "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!". He later went on to record for the SwanSong/Atlantic recording group Detective.

Monarch performs with other 1960s and 1970s rockers in the supergroup World Classic Rockers.


  • Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1968, Dunhill) U.S. #6, U.K. #59, certified gold
  • Steppenwolf - The Second (1968, Dunhill) U.S. #3, certified gold
  • Steppenwolf - At Your Birthday Party (1969, Dunhill) U.S. #7, certified gold
  • Steppenwolf - Monster (1969, Dunhill) U.S. #17, U.K. #43, certified gold
  • Janis Joplin - I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969, Columbia) U.S. #5, certified platinum — uncredited
  • Hokus Pokus - Hokus Pokus (1972, Romar)
  • Detective - Detective (1977, Swan Song)
  • Detective - It Takes One to Know One (1977, Swan Song)
  • Detective - Live from the Atlantic Studios (1978, Swan Song)
  • Michael Monarch - It Feels So Real (2001, MSR)
  • Michael Monarch - Guitar Bazaar (2001, MSR)
  • Michael Monarch - The Other Side of the Tracks (2002, MSR)
  • Michael Monarch - MM3 (2006, MSR)


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