The once-revered Rolling Stone magazine released its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" on its website today, and man, does it suck.
"We assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else," reads the intro to the list, but they aren't foolin' anyone. What kind of "top guitarists" and "experts" would dare compile a list of the world's best pickers and put the godlike Rory Gallagher way down at number 57. They dumped him two spots behind axe master John Lennon, fer chrissakes. What the fuck!?
They made Jimi Hendrix number one--which I don't have a problem with--but then they screwed up royally again when they put Jeff Beck at number 5, behind Eric Clapton (2), Jimmy Page (3), and Keith Richards (4). Come on! Keith Richards? I love Keef's playing as much as the next guy, but he doesn't hold a candle to Beck. Nobody who's still breathing does.
Speaking of dead guys, it was a nice surprise to see Duane Allman take the number 8 spot, but there's no way Stevie Ray Vaughan (12) should have been kept out of the Top 10. Even though Quadrophenia is my fave album of all time, I believe Pete Townshend (10) should have been bumped to make way for Stevie.
Equally shocking is the number of deserving guitarists who got left off the Top 100 entirely, people like Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton, Michael Schenker, Alvin Lee, Warren Haynes, Joe Satriani, Sonny Landreth, Robin Trower, Gary Moore, Steve Howe, Eric Johnson, John Fogerty, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Morse, Jorma Kaukonen, Brian Setzer, and Hank Marvin. And speaking as a proud Canadian, how about Jeff Healey? The brainiacs at Rolling Stone could have easily made room for at least a few of those instead of wasting valuable space on the likes of Lou Reed (81), Willie Nelson (77), Joni Mitchell (75), Roger McGuinn (95), Bruce Springsteen (96), Paul Simon (93), Prince (who came in three notches ahead of Randy Rhoads at 33), and--although I love the guy--the aforementioned Lennon (55).On the bright side, I was happy to see that a few of my faves who sometimes fly under the guitar-hero radar got chosen, in particular Dick Dale (74), Link Wray (45), Duane Eddy (64), Hubert Sumlin (43), Mike Campbell (79), and the mighty Mick Ronson (41).
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