John O. Lennon Posted January 4, 2004 Share Posted January 4, 2004 Recently I saw that Guitar Player has succumbed to the "need" to clear up the list of the 100 greatest/most favorite/whatever guitarists. This follows public uproar over the lousy lists in Rolling Stone (who while including such lesser knowns as Eddie Hazel then used a picture of someone else to identify him!), etc. I personally think it's pointless. While they can sometimes bring obscure players to one's attention, such lists are little more than popularity contests. Even when they have some criteria (such as a recent attempt in Guitar World, I think it was, which "scientifically" weighted the selection by using qualitative guidelines ), these things are tilted toward who's recently popular. The older the time-period the less likelihood a guitarist will be mentioned. We'll not see a lot of votes for Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, Carl Kress, or even more recent players like Rory Gallagher or Danny Kirwan... Then the other day I was re-reading an old issue of GP about the great British guitarists; lots of names I agreed with, some I never heard of, &, of course, Keith Richards, was in there...but not a mention of Brian Jones. There never is a mention of him. Now Keef's a skilled musician, in spite of his efforts to sabotage himself, & he does deserve credit for a lot but he did'nt appear from the void fully formed. Besides his obvious influences like Chuck Berry & all the traditional blues cats, much of what we generally think of as Richards's style can be attributed to a couple of particular players he very definitely studied. One was Ry Cooder (who's on record in a couple of places with his comments in this regard). The other was Brian Jones, who at the beginning was a much more skilled player than Keith &, though he deteriorated much faster, actually developed a lot of what we think of as the Rollin' Stones's style & that Keith, in his ever practical fashion, adopted. He had the unfortunate fate to die before Guitar Player & its imitators came into existence but then so did lots of others who've been recognized & lauded. However, I never see anything about Brian. Who's with me in wanting to do something to change that? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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