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Rolling Stone names Jimi Hendrix the ‘Greatest Guitarist of all Time
NYDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, November 23 2011, 3:44 PM | Jim Farber

Posted on 11/23/2011 9:26:13 PM PST by This Just In

Rolling Stone names Jimi Hendrix the ‘Greatest Guitarist of all Time,’ followed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page The rest of the top five are Keith Richards and Jeff Beck

BY Jim Farber

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, November 23 2011, 3:44 PM

Yes, he’s experienced.

Jimi Hendrix has been proclaimed the “Greatest Guitarist of All Time” by a panel of musicians wrangled by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Though dead for more than 40 years, Hendrix’s fiery and distinct style clearly continues to inspire, and intimidate, six-string pluckers the world over.

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Keith Richards at #3 and George Harrison at #11? Put the bong down, boys. Get out of that air tight vacuum, and smell the riffs.
1 posted on 11/23/2011 9:26:16 PM PST by This Just In
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Stevie Ray.

Without a doubt.

2 posted on 11/23/2011 9:26:59 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose." Ann Coulter)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yeah, Stevie Ray!


3 posted on 11/23/2011 9:29:22 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: This Just In

Hendrix was good, but not Number 1. Personally, I think he is a bit overhyped.


4 posted on 11/23/2011 9:31:28 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: This Just In

Surely I can’t be the only person that sees guitar playing as far overrated. I can’t stand a song played by Jimi Hendrix, and his National Anthem version is worse that a chorus of squeaky chairs to me.


5 posted on 11/23/2011 9:31:51 PM PST by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Stevie Ray. Without a doubt.

Without a doubt!

6 posted on 11/23/2011 9:32:01 PM PST by South40
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yup. Stevie could do Jimi with every bit as much soul, but way more accuracy.


7 posted on 11/23/2011 9:32:11 PM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: This Just In

only because he died way before his time (as did Bruce Lee, but I think God had something to do with that).


8 posted on 11/23/2011 9:33:23 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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Keith Richards at #3>>>>>>

lol he is awful though he had a lot of spark in his younger days before he got zoned out on heroin and other drugs. Mick Taylor should be on this list. Steve Winwood is a good guitarist too as in “Mr Fantasy”


9 posted on 11/23/2011 9:33:44 PM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: This Just In

Stevie Ray Vaughn. It isn’t even close.


10 posted on 11/23/2011 9:34:27 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: This Just In

How did Django Reinhardt do? I guess if it isn’t rock ‘n roll and its not amped, I doesn’t count.


11 posted on 11/23/2011 9:36:21 PM PST by fhayek
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To: fhayek
(it doesn't count.)
12 posted on 11/23/2011 9:37:51 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Army Air Corps

I haven’t read the criteria by which these picks(no pun intended) were decided on.

I can only assume that the judges, which include many guitarists, decided on the choices based on, among other things, their personal preference, and the influence the guitarist had on their own career and playing.


13 posted on 11/23/2011 9:38:12 PM PST by This Just In
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To: fhayek

I do not think that Rolling Stone is aware that Jazz exists.


14 posted on 11/23/2011 9:38:37 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: fhayek

I do not think that Rolling Stone is aware that Jazz exists.


15 posted on 11/23/2011 9:38:42 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: fhayek

I’ve tried to read the entire list, but RS wants me to subscribe. They can “Dream On”.


16 posted on 11/23/2011 9:40:37 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

I salute this choice, with my left hand, of course!


17 posted on 11/23/2011 9:40:57 PM PST by bigbob
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Stevie Ray.

The first name that came to my mind.

I'd give Jimi best left-handed-plays-backward though.

18 posted on 11/23/2011 9:40:57 PM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Army Air Corps

Well, if RS did that would disqualify most of the guitarists on their list. :^)


19 posted on 11/23/2011 9:42:41 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Keef Richards??!

Replace him with Alex Lifeson


20 posted on 11/23/2011 9:42:49 PM PST by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: This Just In

Nope, Jimmy Page or Les Paul.


21 posted on 11/23/2011 9:43:11 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: This Just In
They got this one right. Jimi was the best. The greats know that, including Clapton, Duane Allman, SRV, etc. Clapton was GOD before Jimi came around.
22 posted on 11/23/2011 9:43:35 PM PST by HwyChile
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To: Migraine

I adore Stevie Ray! But in his heyday......( now unwelcome justly or not)
Pete Townshend was my guy.
Just sayin’.
I always vote for America!!
Go Stevie Ray!


23 posted on 11/23/2011 9:45:03 PM PST by acapesket
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To: fhayek

Well, this is Rolling Stoned, so I’ll wager that they have never heard of Andres Segovia or Ana Vidovic.


24 posted on 11/23/2011 9:45:29 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: This Just In

Spodefly’s Top Ten Guitarists of All Time* (in no particular order):

Steve Howe
Eric Johnson
Steve Morse
Jimi Hendrix
Pat Metheny
David Gilmour
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Steve Vai
Joe Satriani
Jimmy Page

*Based on technical facility, capability for multiple styles of play, soul, feel, sound, uniqueness.

Don’t even try to argue with this list, because I have checked it carefully and it is 100% correct.


25 posted on 11/23/2011 9:45:42 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Yep, good call.

But does anyone remember Yngwie Malmsteen?
26 posted on 11/23/2011 9:45:46 PM PST by Zarro ("I'll never apologize for America's greatness." - Herman Cain)
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To: This Just In

...which is why I put no stock in anything published by Rolling Stone.


27 posted on 11/23/2011 9:45:57 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: This Just In

Maybe Mick Taylor instead of Keith, btw, the Stones have released their long awaited live set from their European 73 tour. Internet only for now. Hot stuff, I have had the Bedspring Symphony for years.


28 posted on 11/23/2011 9:45:57 PM PST by abigkahuna
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To: This Just In

RS still does not like Jorma Kaukonen, eh? Or Stevie Ray, for that matter.


29 posted on 11/23/2011 9:49:42 PM PST by DBrow
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To: spodefly

Good list. I like it more than the list RS compiled. You left out a few, but it’s a start.


30 posted on 11/23/2011 9:50:28 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Any list of great guitarists that does not have Joe Bonamassa in the top 20 has no validity.


31 posted on 11/23/2011 9:50:46 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Be hard to vote against SRV. That guy could tie a geetar in knots. I lean toward Knopfler, or Atkins, but I lurve me some Stevie Ray. He is a home boy. James Marshall Hendrix could pull some strings, though. He was a visionary.

On a side note, RIP Doyle Bramhall. Another local legend.


32 posted on 11/23/2011 9:51:28 PM PST by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: This Just In

This looks like the same list they did 5 years ago.


33 posted on 11/23/2011 9:51:55 PM PST by Tolaei1
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To: Army Air Corps

The first names which came to mind were:

Segovia
Metheny
Di Meola
and Holdsworth


34 posted on 11/23/2011 9:52:12 PM PST by This Just In
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To: Tolaei1

Probably the same judges. :^)


35 posted on 11/23/2011 9:52:54 PM PST by This Just In
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To: rockrr

Joe Perry
Steve Vai
Frank Zappa
Michael Hedges
Joe Satriani
Alex Lifeson
Phil Campbell
Kerry King & Jeff Haneman
Dave Grisolm
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Cantrell
Randy Rhodes
Michael Schenker
Johnny Winter
Buddy Guy

And on and on an on...

There are too many fantastic guitar players out there to call
anyone “the best”. Jimmi was great, but let’s bring these magazine polls back to reality.


36 posted on 11/23/2011 9:54:06 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: This Just In

Segovia’s Asturias - simply beyond mere words to describe.


37 posted on 11/23/2011 9:55:32 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: abigkahuna

I believe EVH deserves that rank before Mick Taylor.


38 posted on 11/23/2011 9:56:01 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

I think Tom Petty was up there then, can’t remember though. The rest look the same. Old rockers heh.


39 posted on 11/23/2011 9:56:34 PM PST by Tolaei1
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To: This Just In

I would add Eddie Van Halen and Jeff Beck if it was the top 12.


40 posted on 11/23/2011 9:57:28 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Zarro

Yngwie should have been in the top 20, if not the top 10.


41 posted on 11/23/2011 9:57:48 PM PST by This Just In
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To: HwyChile

Duane Allman was the best.

If he said that about Jimi, he was just being nice.


42 posted on 11/23/2011 9:58:20 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: lefty-lie-spy
There are too many fantastic guitar players out there to call anyone “the best”. Jimmi was great, but let’s bring these magazine polls back to reality.

Bally well spot on.
43 posted on 11/23/2011 9:58:35 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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While Segovia would most likely not fit the criteria of Rolling Stone, his influence on many modern guitarists is nonetheless undeniable.
44 posted on 11/23/2011 9:58:55 PM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: spodefly

EVH’s a far more influential player than Richards. Keith rides on the fame of the Rolling Stones. Richard’s can’t match EVH’s musicality, technicality, innovation, and licks (as well as gymnastics...well, way back when...).


45 posted on 11/23/2011 10:01:49 PM PST by This Just In
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To: Brandonmark

Absolutely.


46 posted on 11/23/2011 10:03:58 PM PST by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Pat Metheny is the best guitarist who ever lived. The guitar is more than a plaything to him. With it, he has accomplished the technical virtuosity of a Hendrix, or a Clapton, or a Jeff Beck. But he has done so much more than technical brilliance. His genius informs not only his playing, but his composition and his arrangements as well. Granted, he has lived to maturity, where Hendrix cut himself down in his early manhood. Who knows what Hendrix might have gone on to accomplish. But like the young, tragic John Keats, who showed promise that he might dazzle beyond all who put pen to paper, his voice was silenced at age 25. No, the mantle of “greatest” goes to Shakespeare, unmatched on so many fronts, for so long. Metheny is indeed the greatest.


47 posted on 11/23/2011 10:05:43 PM PST by jobim (.)
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"*Based on technical facility, capability for multiple styles of play, soul, feel, sound, uniqueness."

Based on all this and Ritchie Blackmore isn't mentioned? ppfftt!

48 posted on 11/23/2011 10:08:13 PM PST by mitch5501 (My guitar wants to kill your momma!)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLw7nozO_U

Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Texas Flood,” live at the El Mocambo circa 1983. This is as good as it gets.

}:-)4


49 posted on 11/23/2011 10:08:41 PM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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Sid Vicious

(Yeah, he played bass, but he was pretty darn good at it.)


50 posted on 11/23/2011 10:09:12 PM PST by Absolutely Nobama (Chairman Obama And Ron Paul Are Sure Signs The Republic Is In Serious Trouble. God Help Us All.)
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