I have a bone to pick with Rolling Stone Magazine. Ok I don’t put a whole lot of stock in all of the popularity lists that seem to be floating around. After all most seem to be subject to person preference and opinion. But every once in awhile, just.. Every so often.. I come across one that just sort of feels like a thorn in my ass. Such is the list of the 100 greatest guitarists ever. (According to those bone heads at Rolling Stone Magazine.) now I see something like this, and well I suppose that it is partly my own fault for even bothering to look at them, but I simply couldn’t resist. I always read from the bottom to the top starting at 100 so I didn’t read the whole thing. Now this isn’t the whole list mind you, this is simply the first part that got my attention. Pay especially close attention to 96.
90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper - Very good player.
91 Robby Krieger of the Doors - Hate the Doors but respect Kreiger.
92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5 - On here for one song - Kick Out The Jams.
94 Bert Jansch - Never heard his work.
95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine - Like Sonic Youth, the wall of distortion and sound. Not technically impressive.
96 Angus Young of AC/DC - He's better than you think.
97 Robert Randolph - Pedal Steel player. Have not heard him.
98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer - ????
99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag - Good punk guitarist.
100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden - Pretty good guitarist.
Well now if you will excuse me, I have to be blunt here. Are you fucking Kidding ME ROLLING STONE? What kind of pot are you bone heads smoking? Ok, ok, OK! I promised myself that I wasn’t going to rant about this. So Instead in Angus Young’s defense. I offer this video evidence. So ladies and gentleman of the jury.. I ask you.. Does this sound like the 96th greatest guitarist of all time?… yeeeesh.. Boneheads..