Michael Monarch

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Michael Monarch
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Background information
Birth nameMichael Monarch
Born (1950-07-05) July 5, 1950 (age 69)
Los Angeles, United States
GenresHard rock, Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Rock and roll, Folk rock
Years active1967–present
Associated actsSteppenwolf
Kozmic Blues Band
Hokus Pokus
World Classic Rockers

Michael Monarch (born 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! and was a member of the Michael Des Barres-fronted band 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
  • 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)


  1. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (January 11, 1987). "POP EYE". Los Angeles Times. ("with guitars by original Steppenwolf member Michael Monarch")
  2. ^ [1] ("Guitarist Monarch exited in 1969, replaced first by Larry Byrom and subsequently by Kent Henry.")

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