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Former RHCP guitarist John Frusciante releases six songs for free

Sounds like former Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist John Frusciante is in the giving spirit: the rocker and experimental musician has released a large selection of songs for free on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. The rlease includes a 19 minute group that he called “a bunch of weird anti-rock star guitar solos” and a 37 minute collection made between 2009 and 2011, as well as four other single tracks.

“With the exception of a [vocal and guitar-only version of his song Zone off of his 2014 solo record Enclosure], this is all music which was made purely for the sake of making music, rather than for having it released and thereby sold,” he said in an open letter.

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The 45-year-old guitarist was part of one of the best-selling rock bands of all time for 15 years, but he still believes in the value of giving music away for free. “When someone releases music on a label, they are selling it, not giving it. Art is a matter of giving. If I sing my friend a song, it goes from me to her, at no cost.” Frusciante states that the sale of music by successful recording artists is not a form of giving. They sell themselves and their art to an audience as a product, and do so aggressively.

Further solidifying his point, he derided “sell-outs” and explained that he wasn’t writing this music for a particular audience. “Thinking this way gives me a certain freedom and stimulates growth and change. It is a state of mind that has been extremely useful to me from time to time throughout these last 27 years of being a professional musician.”

While he may not be writing music directly for his fans, he does value them. “I’m glad that the people who continue to follow what I do have kept their minds active and open. And I’m pleased that rock fans are not the only people listening to what I’ve done.”

Listen to his collection of 4-Track Guitar Music below, and stream the rest of the collection on his Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages.