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Jimi Hendrix tops Rolling Stone’s list of best guitarists
The Calgary Herald ^ | November 23, 2011

Posted on 11/23/2011 3:33:10 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

Legendary musician Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history Wednesday by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.

“Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage,” said Grammy-winning guitarist Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” as key tracks.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: guitarists; hendrix; music; rockandroll; rollingstone
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Where's the Nuge!?
1 posted on 11/23/2011 3:33:18 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Alex Lifeson!!!!


2 posted on 11/23/2011 3:35:11 PM PST by bondserv (God governs our universe and has seen fit to offer us a pardon. †)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Many born after he dies would disagree.
Read the reviews of him albums on Amazon.
Some of them offer interesting insights.


3 posted on 11/23/2011 3:35:16 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

One of the greatest...would rate Stevie Ray Vaugan way up there too. Texas Flood


4 posted on 11/23/2011 3:37:53 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: ConservativeStatement

No. Chet Atkins or Les Paul.


5 posted on 11/23/2011 3:38:03 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A reasonable top ten list. Eddie Van Halen, the youngest, released first album 35 years ago.


6 posted on 11/23/2011 3:38:14 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: ConservativeStatement
Joe Satrioni?
7 posted on 11/23/2011 3:38:19 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: ConservativeStatement

Jimmy Page is # 3 behind Clapton. No way


8 posted on 11/23/2011 3:39:00 PM PST by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Stevie Ray Vaughn or Jeff Beck.


9 posted on 11/23/2011 3:39:29 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Rolling Stone wouldn’t know “good” if it hit them in the face, even though Hendrix was indeed good. I wonder if Rory Gallagher is even on the list . . . ? I’m sure Ritchie Blackmore is on there, but probably behind Jimmy Page and Kurt Cobain . . . (and of course they have to quote bums like Tom Morello, who makes Johnny Ramone seem like Eddie Van Halen)


10 posted on 11/23/2011 3:39:48 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: ConservativeStatement

How can you consider a rock guitarist as the best guitar player ever.

Perhaps he is the best Rock guitar player.

I wouldn’t argue that point . To me Rock guitar is just noise.


11 posted on 11/23/2011 3:40:06 PM PST by Venturer
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To: ConservativeStatement

Everything all the other hard rock guitarists did, no matter how good they were, Hendrix did first.

This was the only logical and proper choice.

Now we get to fight over places 2 to n.


12 posted on 11/23/2011 3:41:40 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Terry Kath should have been on that list, Supposedly Jimmy told Walter Parazaider that his Chicago band-mate was a better guitar player than himself...


13 posted on 11/23/2011 3:42:16 PM PST by ropin71 (God Bless our Troops!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

You knew it would be Hendrix since it’s Rolling Stone without even having to look. Overrated in my book. His career was way too short to have been much, if any, of an influence on his contemporaries.


14 posted on 11/23/2011 3:42:16 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (There's nothing more hypocritical than a white liberal calling someone else a "bigot")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Naming Bill Frisell wouldn’t sell the magazine, would it?!


15 posted on 11/23/2011 3:42:42 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Olog-hai

the top 10 is available to look at. I like Rory a lot. The RS list has famous people on it. And no one since the 1970s.

You’d think there’d be better guitarists in the last 35 years, but I really can’t argue this list too much.


16 posted on 11/23/2011 3:43:27 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: Venturer

>>To me Rock guitar is just noise.<<

Even Danny Cedrone’s?


17 posted on 11/23/2011 3:43:43 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Keith Richards ahead of Beck, Allman, and Townshend? Or for that matter, Richard Thompson, Lindsey Buckingham, David Gilmour, Johnny Marr.

Ridiculous.

I like Keith, but he’s a primarily a rhythm guitarist. Since Brian Jones died, he’s effectively been able to hide behind Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood.


18 posted on 11/23/2011 3:43:47 PM PST by Libertarian444
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To: Venturer

you apparently haven’t dropped enough acid.


19 posted on 11/23/2011 3:44:05 PM PST by brivette (lol!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Nugent would not make the list since he is not much of a guitarist. Great conservative but just a mediocre player


20 posted on 11/23/2011 3:44:05 PM PST by plain talk
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To: ConservativeStatement
This Joe Satriani?
21 posted on 11/23/2011 3:44:50 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP Jimi, and thank you.


22 posted on 11/23/2011 3:44:50 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (guitars and women.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
My choice would be King Benny Nawahi or Eddie Lang.
23 posted on 11/23/2011 3:45:57 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: ConservativeStatement

Gotta mention David Gilmour.


24 posted on 11/23/2011 3:46:53 PM PST by bondserv (God governs our universe and has seen fit to offer us a pardon. †)
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To: ConservativeStatement

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Eric Clapton

3. Jimmy Page

4. Keith Richards

5. Jeff Beck

6. B.B. King

7. Chuck Berry

8. Eddie Van Halen

9. Duane Allman

10. Pete Townshend

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Jimi+Hendrix+tops+Rolling+Stone+list+best+guitarists/5755714/story.html#ixzz1eZhFwdke

They are all good (though I wouldn’t include Van Halen). And there are some others that maybe should be on the list. Even the Socialist from Pink Floyd is arguably eligible for the list.


25 posted on 11/23/2011 3:47:08 PM PST by OwenKellogg (Herman Cain: Because everybody needs toucan stubs!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

This guy only needed four strings.

26 posted on 11/23/2011 3:48:07 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: truthfreedom

ImoFWIW - Guys like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani are technically far superior to Hendrix. And I like their work far more. Hendrix was sloppy as hell. But that sloppiness was part of the ‘groove’ he had that none have ever approached. Groove/feeling/call it what you will.

I think his influence speaks for itself and the fact that all the ‘greats’ namecheck him without prompting leads me to think that that influence is quite real. But Hendrix ain’t my thing. Vai is.


27 posted on 11/23/2011 3:49:34 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Chief Druid of Trollhenge: Cult of Palin)
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Tony Iommi


28 posted on 11/23/2011 3:49:37 PM PST by Politics4US
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To: katiedidit1
Stevie Ray Vaughan's take on Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Chile is breathtaking. But then, much of what Vaughan did so casually still manages to amaze me. Hendrix was an innovator who took the blues and soul of his youth and re-imagined it by transposition on a guitar strung upside down and expressed with his huge and astonishingly versatile hands. Stevie was another gift entirely - his command of blues was likewise innate, but his brilliant technical ability combined with the sublime muse within him - still brings tears to my eyes. RIP to both. (Can you tell I am a guitar player?)
29 posted on 11/23/2011 3:51:27 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: OwenKellogg
No John McLaughlin? No Al Di Meola? No Paco de Lucía? Some list…
30 posted on 11/23/2011 3:51:50 PM PST by cartan
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To: ConservativeStatement

No Ritchie Blackmore. The list is deeply flawed.


31 posted on 11/23/2011 3:53:06 PM PST by kevao
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To: bondserv
Gotta mention David Gilmour

No doubt. I would also mention Mark Knopfler.

32 posted on 11/23/2011 3:53:52 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: Billthedrill

I’m glad to see that the morons at Rolling Stone put Eddie Van Halen in the top ten after previously listing him # 70. That last list was more of a popularity contest with “hipsters” placing much higher than influential guitarists who were more deserving. Come to think of it and given that this is Rolling Stone we’re talking about, I’m surprised that they didn’t put Obama at number one.


33 posted on 11/23/2011 3:54:56 PM PST by RedStateNotShirt
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To: Fiji Hill
My choice would be Potzi.
34 posted on 11/23/2011 3:55:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Billthedrill

Some might laugh at this but Tiny Tim was actually a musical prodigy and an expert on 19th Century music (from which he gathered much of his material). He was not the joke that many people, on the surface, thought him to be. In fact, some consider Tiny Tim (born Herbert Khaury) one of the towering musical figures of the 20th Century.


35 posted on 11/23/2011 3:57:45 PM PST by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: ConservativeStatement

They left this guy off the list?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeOKj5XdVAE


36 posted on 11/23/2011 3:57:45 PM PST by Argus
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To: OwenKellogg

Having recently watched Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s for the umpteenth time, I would daresay he makes Eric Clapton’s playing look like Jack Black in School of Rock...


37 posted on 11/23/2011 3:57:49 PM PST by magritte
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To: Politics4US

I was going to post Richie Blackmore and Tony Iommi. Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin and some other jazz guys like Wes Montgomery and George Benson should be in the top 100 for sure. Also mentioned in this thread but worth repeating are Chet Atkins and Les Paul.


38 posted on 11/23/2011 3:59:03 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: OwenKellogg

Robert Fripp?
Bill Nelson?
Brian May?
Tony Iommi?


39 posted on 11/23/2011 4:00:26 PM PST by AceMineral (Some people are too stupid for their own good.)
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To: freedumb2003

What was considered Rock or Rock and Roll in his time has nothing in common with Hendrix.


40 posted on 11/23/2011 4:01:43 PM PST by Venturer
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To: windsorknot

Knopfler was the master of the note not played. He certainly had a style of his own...and yes he and Gilmour deserve honorable mention. But I have Vaughn and Beck tied for first with Hendrix tied for third with a few others (but Clapton is not among them).


41 posted on 11/23/2011 4:02:07 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Blue Highway

Why is there nobody mentioned in the last 35 years? Not arguing the specifics, but it seems like after 1977, no good guitarists. Everyone wants to add other old ones. I probably would too.


42 posted on 11/23/2011 4:02:08 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: AceMineral

Bill Nelson’s work in BeBop Deluxe is worthy of a very big nod, including Sister Seagull, Maid in Heaven, and Blazing Apostles...great technique..


43 posted on 11/23/2011 4:02:40 PM PST by magritte
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To: Blue Highway

Being an 80s metalhead I gravitate that way, but one of the funny things is that for all the legendary speed of 80s shredders, the country guys - Atkins and the like, were as fast or faster and played with feeling to boot rather than just high RPM scale runs. The Jazz/fusion guys, likewise.

Atkins was a monster.


44 posted on 11/23/2011 4:03:21 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Chief Druid of Trollhenge: Cult of Palin)
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To: ConservativeStatement
The top 10 are all great guitarists.

I'd exclude Van Halen and include Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Personal preference: Eric Clapton.

45 posted on 11/23/2011 4:03:36 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: andy58-in-nh

Know your guitarists...two of the all time greats.


46 posted on 11/23/2011 4:04:04 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Pat Metheny is no slouch either.


47 posted on 11/23/2011 4:05:05 PM PST by Signalman
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To: ConservativeStatement; a fool in paradise

Dave Yorko.


48 posted on 11/23/2011 4:05:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: OwenKellogg

Unbelievable...you left Stevie Ray Vaughn OFF...


49 posted on 11/23/2011 4:05:53 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: ConservativeStatement; a fool in paradise

John Yanick.


50 posted on 11/23/2011 4:06:01 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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