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Rolling Stone rating of top Guitarists
11 January 2012
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Would so weird if a mass of Ringo fans voted him best guitarist or songwriter. Would love to see that tho after all tons of polls are hijacked by fans and end with an unlikely winner. Not that that wouldnt be as daft as Robbie Williams being voted one of the top singers of all time.

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11 January 2012
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RevolvingPiggies said:

seaglass eyes sunny smile said:

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Ringo for top guitarists? What?

the thing is, I don't know any other musicians a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

Uh, okay. Whatever.

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11 January 2012
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Agreed. If you don't know any other musicians, then you aren't really in the greatest position to judge, really.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
11 January 2012
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I know, I'm sorry. My dad plays other musicians all the time, but nothing really hits me. Even if I thought one person was good, I most likely wouldn't be able to remember their name 

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11 January 2012
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Maybe you could do some research.

Just listen around to other stuff.

Elton John, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Simon and Garfunkel, U2...

try messing around on YouTube a bit.

there's a lot of good music that isn't the Beatles out there.

Good luck!

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12 January 2012
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Amazon and itunes offer free downloads which is a good way of finding new artists at no cost and itunes also have 90 second previews of most of their music which also helps as does being able to download individual songs. Plus there are free apps which can identify most songs you hear on the radio or wherever so you not only find out who's singing it and investigate a bit more. All this means its easier than ever to find 'new' music at little to no cost.

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12 January 2012
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8You sound like a commercial...a-hard-days-night-george-8

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
12 January 2012
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Cool. Maybe i should apply for a job with one of the many sites that provide music downloads at reasonable prices.

 

Another way to find new music is to listen to your friends ipod/mp3 player/phone. Theres a good chance you'll find something on there.

I will happily admit that im more likely to listen to and purchase individual songs than whole albums. Outside a certain handful of artists/bands i hear the first 4 songs on an album and then begin to get seriously bored. If i am going to buy an album then there is no way im paying full price. I'll happily wait for it to come into my nearest second hand music shop and get it for £3 or for it to be reduced online. As an example, when the Queen remasters came out 3 months ago they were £10 each for the standard editions, you can now download the same albums from the same site for £4 each.

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12 January 2012
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Thank you guys for the suggestions a-hard-days-night-ringo-9 I'll try to look some stuff up. My best friend is begging me to listen to some bands she likes, so I'm going to make her happy. 

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Motown bands (Supremes, Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye) are all great choices, as well as Neil Young, Florence and The Machine or Arcade Fire. Just to help.

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12 January 2012
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Thanks Sunking apple01

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15 January 2012
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Howdy!

meanmistermustard said:

 (tho on a personal note i detest Jet). 

Well I was thinking about popping back in here but in THAT case…a-hard-days-night-paul-4 I guess I'll just leave?

Even though I don't agree with a lot of the list (I too think George was maybe too high and John…what?) I don't think the editors of Rolling Stone just picked these guitarists to make a fuss or a statement. They list all their judges, who are probably quite different from the list of judges in the last "best guitarists" pick. So they had to have some system where they couldn't just choose the list. And the makings of the best guitarists are complex, with songwriting skills, technical skills, creativity and stage presence, so this isn't some difinitive scientific experiment. I enoyed reading what they all had to say about the guitarists, though, and the standout tracks were interesting to listen to.

 

Also, Mark Knopfler should've been ranked higher IMO. brilliant man.

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15 January 2012
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PennyLane said:

GniknuS said:

I still think it's funny that RS has nothing better to talk about than this, I'm looking at the cover now and it also says "What's next for the Stones" as if anyone really cares what those 70 year old multi-millionaires are up to. Will they tour again and charge me $100 a ticket to sit in the last row? Oh the anticipation!

Hey! I'm waiting in anticipation to hear if 70 year old multi-millionaires will tour and charge me $100 to sit in the last row!

a-hard-days-night-paul-11

*raises hand* me too! I saw them about 7 years ago but I was too young to appreciate it. But it's kind of a thing I have with my dad, we love them.

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15 January 2012
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My favorite solo guitarists (no particular order):

- Jimi Hendrix

- Slash

- John Fogerty

- George Harrison a-hard-days-night-george-8

- Kirk Hammett

- Eric Clapton

- Jimmy Page

- Brian May

- Keith Richards

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8 February 2012
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These competitions assume a small field of candidates. Every post has listed well-known bands. The "Best" this and "Best" that come from well-known bands or, sometimes, those bands fashionable with those who command the media and determine our thinking (i.e., "Rolling Stone").

I've heard better "guitarists" playing Muzak in the elevator than I've heard playing in rock music if pure technical skill and careful style matter. Many "greats" come out of session playing and would still be there (ARE still there) except for certain breaks they had that launched them into notoriety -- no better or worse than our heroes, just not noticed by the media. Duane Allman and Jimmy Page come to mind. How many of them are still out there making great licks with great skill but unknown by name and therefore can't be rated in these stupid polls?

The question is always, "Who's the best X-player among bands we all know."  And "best" always means, "Who do we like best" based on appearance, style, history, associated songs, skill (as if we can assess it), quotes, political affiliation, historical merit, etc. Who knows what the criteria are?

My next-door neighbor is probably the best bass player in the world, but nobody's heard of him. In fact, he doesn't play bass and actually doesn't exist. So I vote for Count Basie because I heard he was a good bassist. No. I like art-rock, so it must be Squires. No, I really like R&B, but arena-style, so it's whatever monkey the Stones are using these days in their Vegas shows.

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