Monday, November 28, 2011

Seems Like The Natural Order to Me

Rolling Stone has come out with another of their "Greatest" lists. This time it is the 100 greatest guitarists. I would suppose that many will have a lot of different names to put on the list. But I for one will not, cannot, and absolutely won't argue with the top 3- in that order.

Rolling Stone's top 10 greatest guitarists follow:

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Eric Clapton
3. Jimmy Page
4. Keith Richards
5. Jeff Beck
6. B.B. King
7. Chuck Berry
8. Eddie Van Halen
9. Duane Allman
10. Pete Townshend

I wonder why so many of them are of previous generations. I don't think it is just because the ones on the list are older and have more experience. That thought sure doesn't hold water. Perhaps the greater number of styles of music and the wide range of bands has diluted the whole.

It is clear, though, that the truly great were, in many ways, the trailblazers, pioneers.

So, here are some videos. These are not necessarily the greatest performances of these guitarists, but they rank among my favorites:


Clapton and Page together in a down and dirty blues mode:

Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Chuck Berry:

Jeff Beck playing with amazing soul:

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