EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
when making picks
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
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
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.