Skip to comments.Jimi Hendrix tops Rolling Stone’s list of best guitarists
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 Hendrixs Purple Haze and The Star-Spangled Banner as key tracks.
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Many born after he dies would disagree.
Read the reviews of him albums on Amazon.
Some of them offer interesting insights.
One of the greatest...would rate Stevie Ray Vaugan way up there too. Texas Flood
No. Chet Atkins or Les Paul.
A reasonable top ten list. Eddie Van Halen, the youngest, released first album 35 years ago.
Jimmy Page is # 3 behind Clapton. No way
Stevie Ray Vaughn or Jeff Beck.
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)
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.
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.
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...
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.
Naming Bill Frisell wouldn’t sell the magazine, would it?!
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.
>>To me Rock guitar is just noise.<<
Even Danny Cedrone’s?
Keith Richards ahead of Beck, Allman, and Townshend? Or for that matter, Richard Thompson, Lindsey Buckingham, David Gilmour, Johnny Marr.
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.
you apparently haven’t dropped enough acid.
Nugent would not make the list since he is not much of a guitarist. Great conservative but just a mediocre player
RIP Jimi, and thank you.
Gotta mention David Gilmour.
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
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.
This guy only needed four strings.
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.
No Ritchie Blackmore. The list is deeply flawed.
No doubt. I would also mention Mark Knopfler.
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.
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.
They left this guy off the list?
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...
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.
What was considered Rock or Rock and Roll in his time has nothing in common with Hendrix.
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).
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.
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..
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.
I'd exclude Van Halen and include Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Personal preference: Eric Clapton.
Know your guitarists...two of the all time greats.
Pat Metheny is no slouch either.
Unbelievable...you left Stevie Ray Vaughn OFF...