Rolling Stone Jimi Hendrix – Jimi Hendrix has been proclaimed the “Greatest Guitarist of All Time” by a panel of musicians wrangled by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Though dead for more than 40 years, Hendrix’s fiery and distinct style clearly continues to inspire, and intimidate, six-string pluckers the world over.
“His playing was effortless,” wrote Rage Against The Machine axe man, and poll voter, Tom Morello, in an appreciation of Hendrix’s technique that will be printed in an issue of the magazine out Friday. “There’s not one minute of his recorded career that feels like he’s working hard at it — it feels like it’s all flowing through him.”
Other guitarists in the vaunted list of Top 100 tip heavily towards British players who rose during the ’60s, eating up the rest of the top five: Eric Clapton (2), Jimmy Page (3), Keith Richards (4) and Jeff Beck (5).
The argument-starting list then gets around to several older American players: bluesman B.B. King (6) and a man who greatly inspired Richards: Chuck Berry (7).
From there it zigzags through metal (Eddie Van Halen, 8), Southern rock (Duane Allman, 9) before shuttling back to a British boomer God (Pete Townshend, 10).
Beatle George Harrison just missed the top Ten, bagging No. 11. Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham brought up the rear at 100.