Rolling Stone revisit 100 Greatest Guitarists list
25 November 2011
Rolling Stone has gone to a new set of eyes to update its 100 Greatest Guitarists List that was first published eight years ago.
This time around, the magazine asked the opinions 58 artists on their choices including Ritchie Blackmore, James Burton, Steve Cropper, Dave Davies, Rick Derringer, Warren Haynes, Nils Lofgren, Brian May, Roger McGuinn, Robbie Robertson, Eddie Van Halen and Nancy Wilson.
The list is truly amazing, especially in the reverence that is paid to the veteran artists who created and improved on guitar playing through the ages. There are always going to be a few disagreements on such a list (Jeff Beck below Keith Richards? Les Paul all the way down at 18?) but, taken as a group of great musicians instead of a ranked list, it is an impressive line of true guitar gods.
Only two guitarists who haven't been recording for 25 years or more make the top 40, Derek Trucks at 16 and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine at 40. More appear further down the list, giving them a lot of masters to better in future editions of this list.
Pete Townshend has been one of the leading lights in rock guitar history with his influence spreading far and wide. Music-News.com managed to get into Pete Townsend’s dressing room to grab an exclusive interview with the star, see the uncut version below:
Here is the top 30. To see the full 100, go to Rolling Stone.
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 11. George Harrison 12. Stevie Ray Vaughan 13. Albert King 14. David Gilmour 15. Freddy King 16. Derek Trucks 17. Neil Young 18. Les Paul 19. James Burton 20. Carlos Santana 21. Chet Atkins 22. Frank Zappa 23. Buddy Guy 24. Angus Young 25. Toni Iommi 26. Brian May 27. Bo Diddley 28. Johnny Ramone 29. Scotty Moore 30. Elmore James