Ricky Gardiner

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Ricky Gardiner
Born 1948 (age 69–70)
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Punk rock, rock and roll, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, composer
Associated acts Iggy Pop, David Bowie

Ricky Gardiner (born 1948, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a guitarist and composer.

Gardiner was educated at Craigmount School in the Borders of Scotland and later Eastwood School, Glasgow. He joined his first school band the Vostoks in 1962. Next there were the Kingbees and the System where he joined musicians who would form Beggars Opera with him in 1969.

He has played in his own outfit, Beggars Opera, and also with David Bowie and Iggy Pop. For Bowie he played lead guitar on the 1977 album Low.[1] He worked with Pop on Lust for Life the same year. The album included "The Passenger", regarded as one of Pop's best songs,[2] for which Gardiner composed the music. Bowie biographer David Buckley described it as being "possessed with one of the greatest riffs of all time".[3]

Since the 1970s Gardiner has played and composed in a variety of styles, including ambient, classical and rock and roll.

Gardiner claims he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, believed by him to have been contracted through exposure to high levels of computer radiation and magnetic fields.


  1. ^ Goldring, Susie (2007-04-18). "David Bowie - Low". Classic Pop/Rock Review. BBC. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  2. ^ Carr, Roy; Murray, Charles Shaar (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record. New York / London: Avon / Eel Pie Publishing. p. 118. ISBN 0-380-77966-8. OCLC 7862636. 
  3. ^ Buckley, David (1999). Strange fascination: David Bowie: the definitive story. London: Virgin Books. p. 318. ISBN 978-1-85227-784-0. OCLC 43757665. 

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