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Danny Gatton was not your conventional guitar hero. He eschewed Hendrix-like flamboyance, didn’t sing, and rarely toured. But from the late ’50s until his suicide in 1994, the D.C. native’s quick-fingered rockabilly, jazz, and country picking established him as the world’s greatest unknown guitar player. In Unfinished Business: The Life & Times of Danny Gatton, Ralph Heibutzki—a freelance contributor to Guitar Player—examines Gatton’s life and legacy through interviews with those once close to the guitarist. And though Heibutzki’s prose isn’t quite as evocative as that of, say, Peter Guralnick, he sketches Gatton’s story compassionately, connecting the musician’s perfectionist love of taking apart hot rods and guitars to the professional and personal frustrations that led him from this world at age 49. Heibutzki reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Steve Kiviat)