Joe Satriani was born in Westbury Long Island NY in 1956. At the age of 14, after hearing of Jimi Hendrix's demise, he picked up the guitar.
Having moved to San Francisco, he began teaching, playing in a few bands and doing some session work. Among his students were Stevie Vai, Kirk Hammet). After some time he set out on his own and with a personal credit card in hand he made his first self titled release^ selling it out of the trunk of his car. (This recording, a vinyl ep rumoured to have been limited to only 500 copies , is quite a collectors item these days). While this project didn't gain him much recognition, Satriani set out again to make his first commercial release Not of this Earth which sold well and begain to gain him an audience.
His next project, Surfing With the Alien, catapulted him to the forefront of instrumental guitar rock where he has stayed due to tirelessly touring and putting out records at the rate of about 1 every 2 years.
Satriani has also been one the members of the various G3 concerts / recordings / videos.