September 17, 2003  
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EDITORIAL & OPINIONS

Clearly Stoned when making picks

Where's Chip?
Dale Wyatt

Gazette Staff

Dear Rolling Stone,

Tsk tsk Rolling Stone, what have you done this time? If it was your goal to successfully eliminate any shred of musical authority you had left, then in the words of the legendary Traveling Wilburys, -Congratulations, you finally did succeed.”

Last month's issue, with Jimi Hendrix on the cover and its controversial feature article about the -100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time” was proof your magazine's opinion of music has officially lost its pull. It was with this article you proved to the world that, much like new Saturday Night Live episodes, the good times are gone.

Anytime you print a list of this nature, backlash and conflicts of opinion are inevitable. However, some of the people you missed and some of the ones you included were so asinine, you came across looking like musically uneducated fools.

Now your choices were not all terrible; the list did include some strong points. For example, Hendrix (1), B.B. King (3) and Eric Clapton (4) are all good choices. You can argue the order but at least they were all near the top where they belong.

It was seeing Keith Richards (10), Kurt Cobain (12) and the biggest jaw dropper of all, Jack White (17), all appearing in the top 20 above the likes of people like Eddie Van Halen (70), Angus Young (96) and Mark Knopfler (27) that was enough to make me sick to my stomach. Come on: Van Halen's solo in Michael Jackson's -Beat It” alone should clinch him a high ranking.

Furthermore, there were obvious choices that were not even included. What about legendary and innovative guitarist Joe Satriani - Slash from Guns & Roses - or metal icon and fan favourite Dimebag Darrell?

This leaves me scratching my head in bewilderment asking myself what the criteria was that forged such a list? Whether you look at musical talent, song composition or innovation, how did Joey Ramone come in at 16 and Pete Townshend from the Who end up at 50?

A list like this is doomed from the start. But it is when a magazine that used to be the voice of rock 'n' roll turns its back on older obvious guitar icons for newer, more popular and recognizable stars in an obvious attempt to boost sales that all credibility burns out like a guitar tube. You once again broke my heart.

 

 

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