|Birth name||John Anthony Frusciante|
|Born||5 March 1970|
Queens, New York City, USA
|Genres||Experimental rock, avant-garde music, alternative rock, art rock, electronica, funk rock, funk, ambient, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, acid house|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, keyboards, drum machine, bass guitar, piano, synthesizers|
|Associated acts||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
John Frusciante (born 5 March 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, from 1988 until 1992, and again from 1998 until 2009. He recorded five studio albums with them.
Born in New York, Frusciante became interested in rock music at an early age. After his parents divorced, Frusciante and his mother moved to California when he was seven. When he was nine, his stepfather offered him his first acoustic guitar.
John taught himself how to play guitar, and for the next several years he would spent all his time practicing. In California his interest in music grew as he discovered bands such as The Germs.
In school he heard many artists who influenced what he played on his guitar, such as Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, among others. Frusciante became a big fan of a local band called Red Hot Chili Peppers when he heard them at 15 years of age. At this time original guitarist Hillel Slovak was still in the band. His dream to join the band came true in 1988, after striking up a friendship with the Chili Peppers' bassist Flea.
Frusciante's first recording with the Peppers, 1989's Mother's Milk, helped break the popular college rock band through to the mainstream, resulting in their first gold record.
The group's follow-up album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), was a breakthrough success. Frusciante became overwhelmed by the band's new popularity and quit in 1992. He became a recluse and entered a long period of drug addiction, during which he released his first solo recordings: Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt (1994) and Smile From the Streets You Hold (1997).
He has produced and/or recorded with the Wu-Tang Clan, The Mars Volta and Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Swahili Blonde, Black Knights, The Bicycle Thief, Glenn Hughes, Ziggy Marley, Johnny Cash, George Clinton, and others.
Frusciante has received critical recognition for his guitar playing, ranking at number 18 on Rolling Stone 's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2003.
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