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Friday, June 10, 2016

Re-Ranking the Great Guitarists: Eric Clapton

Rock music is obviously created as something to be enjoyed. But, as with all creations, it then becomes subject to subjective ratings. Do you like this album? Not like this song? What is this songwriter's best self-penned tune? Who is the better singer? Which is the best band? Some of the most influential ratings in rock come from Rolling Stone magazine. The magazine has rated rock's 100 greatest guitarists.  Not surprisingly, not everyone agrees with the ratings. Here I'll Rock Your Festival's resident guitarist James Gilbert takes issue with a few of the highest placements. 

Eric Clapton #2? Maybe a few decades ago but certainly not now.  

Clapton's playing with The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Derrick and the Dominos cannot be ignored.  It was groundbreaking to say the least, but the drivel that has come from him lately is just god awful.  

Do us all a favor, Eric.  Put the acoustic away, buy back " Blackie " and make some more great music. 

#2? Not even close.


Finally, I note that Danny Gatton did not make the list of the 100 best guitar players in rock.

Why would he ?  

Gatton didn't smash his guitars, set them on fire, strum his guitar like a windmill, or stumble onstage in a drunken drug-induced stupor.  

No. He just beat the hell out of his battered Telecaster every time he stepped on stage like a real guitar player should. 

Oh by the way, Joni Mitchell came in at #75.  Go figure.

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