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Christopher Guest: Musician

We look at when the writer/director rocked all the way to 11, and when he did not

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Comedy writer-director Christopher Guest has a new (serious) album out. So when has the Spinal Tap guitarist rocked all the way to 11? And when has he not rocked at all?

1973:
Lampoons rock scene with John Belushi and Chevy Chase in acclaimed stage revue Lemmings
Rocked to an 8

1984:
Stars as guitar wizard Nigel Tufnel in seminal fake ”rockumentary” This Is Spinal Tap
Rocked to an 11

1987:
Portrays villainous Count Tyrone Rugen in the great, but sadly rock-free, Princess Bride
Rocked to a 1

1992:
Performs alongside Slash and Jeff Beck on the Spinal Tap ”reunion” album Break Like the Wind
Rocked to a 10

1997:
Inherits the title of Baron Haden-Guest and becomes a member of the British House of Lords
Rocked to a 2

2003:
Directs and stars (as banjo player Alan Barrows) in the folk-music parody A Mighty Wind
Rocked to a 6

2009:
As member of the Beyman Bros., releases lilting ambient-folk CD Memories of Summer as a Child
Rocks to a 7

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