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Monday, June 6, 2016

Re-Ranking the Great Guitarists - Keith Richards

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. 

Keith Richards rated #4? Are you kidding me? This is a real smack in the face to every guitar player not in the top 10. As a sideman to one of the best frontmen to ever
take the stage, Richards would certainly make the top 100. But not the top 10 or even the top 20. Richards has songwriting skills which are evident with the success of the Rolling Stones. He also has the stage presence that crowds seem to go for. But songwriting and stage presence and the ability to play the guitar are different animals. I think many real musicians wonder how he has achieved the overrated recognition he has. I guess it's pretty clear that I'm not a big fan of the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards lack of guitar skills is one of the major reasons why.

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