Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jimi Hendrix named Greatest Guitarist by Rolling Stone

Jimi Hendrix has been named the Greatest Guitarist of All Time in a new poll by Rolling Stone.

“His playing was effortless,” writes Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. “There's not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he's working hard at it – it feels like it's all flowing through him.”

Morello was just one of several high-profile artists participating in the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time poll, as the magazine assembled a panel of top players and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the fret legends from everyone else.

Other big names involved include Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Carlos Santana and Mick Mars of Motley Crue.

Each artist receives a tribute from another, as Morello writes about Hendrix, Van Halen writes about Clapton, Joe Perry on Jimmy Page, etc.

The Top 10 reads like a who’s who of guitarists, each of them legendary and influential in their own way.

The full list will be featured in a special issue with four special covers of Van Halen, Clapton, Hendrix and Page, and will be on newsstands and online at on Friday.

100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time
Rolling Stone
November 2011

01. Jimi Hendrix
02. Eric Clapton
03. Jimmy Page
04. Keith Richards
05. Jeff Beck
06. B.B. King
07. Chuck Berry
08. Eddie Van Halen
09. Duane Allman
10. Pete Townshend

Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Like A Rolling Stone
Original by Bob Dylan
Monterey Pop Festival – Monterey, CA - June 18, 1967

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