Perpetual Burn: Jason Becker Discusses ‘Not Dead Yet’ Documentary, His Life and Music


Jason Becker is not your typical guitar hero. His ability to inspire goes well beyond the fretboard.

From his time spent composing with fellow Shrapnel alum Marty Friedman to his being chosen as Steve Vai’s replacement in David Lee Roth’s band in 1989, Becker was a star on the rise.

Guitar World even chose Becker’s 1988 instrumental masterpiece, “Perpetual Burn,” to kick off its first transcription challenge, where readers submitted videos of themselves performing the challenging song and Becker himself choosing a winner.

Shortly after hooking up with Roth, Becker was given the grim diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and given only three to five years to live. Although the disease would eventually take away his ability to play guitar, walk and even speak, Becker’s spirit and determination has enabled him to continue living and composing amazing music.

The 2012 documentary, Not Dead Yet tells the incredible story of Becker, a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician, despite the most incredible odds. It’s a story of dreams, love and the strength of the human spirit.

I had the opportunity to interview Jason via email and asked him about the film and his music. In this interview, Becker offers advice on how to play — and how to live.

Please take the time to read the interview by Clicking Here.


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2 thoughts on “Perpetual Burn: Jason Becker Discusses ‘Not Dead Yet’ Documentary, His Life and Music”

  1. What a beautiful story! I am so moved by Jason’s amazing attitude and inspired to do more in this life than I had originally planned. My favorite section was about classical music and how it can move him to tears…I strongly relate to that since I often get ‘lost’ in music. Excellent article, Jim! I knew I would love it!!!!

    1. I knew you would too. 🙂 His story is amazing. And the system his Dad developed to allow him to communicate is nothing short of incredible.

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