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Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« on: November 26, 2011, 11:07:08 AM »

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time: Harrison (11th), Lennon (55th)

George Harrison (11)
as told by Tom Petty

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-20111123/george-harrison-19691231

"George Harrison and I were once in a car and the Beatles song "You Can't Do That" came on, with that great riff in the beginning on the 12-string. He goes, "I came up with that." And I said, "Really? How?" He said, "I was just standing there and thought, 'I've got to do something!' " That pretty much sums him up. He just had a way of getting right to the business, of finding the right thing to play. That was part of that Beatles magic – they all seemed to find the right thing to play.

George knew every obscure Elvis solo; his initial influences were rockabilly – Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore – but he always added something to it. Even going way back, I used to just swoon over that solo in "I Saw Her Standing There." You just can't imagine anything else there. He had that knack. And how many Rickenbacker 12-strings did that guy sell? That was a whole new sound too – Roger McGuinn got the idea from George, and then Roger took it to his own place with the Byrds.

When he moved over to the slide guitar later in the Beatles' career, it was a really beautiful thing to hear him play that. He once said to me, "I think modern guitar players are forgetting about pitch," and that was something he really cared about. He was very in tune when he played, the slide was very precise, and just a beautiful vibrato on it. It really sounded like a voice, like a very distinct, signature voice that came out of him. Just listen to those records. They're so immaculate, so inventive. He was a guy who could just add so much."

John Lennon (55)

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-20111123/john-lennon-19691231

When Rolling Stone founder Jann S. Wenner asked John Lennon how he rated himself as a guitarist, Lennon replied, "I'm not technically good, but I can make it f***ing howl and move. I was rhythm guitarist. It's an important job. I can make a band drive." It is, and he did: Lennon was the Beatles' spark plug and bloodletter, often adding rawness to pristine pop songs. Listen to the airborne strums that power "Help!," the circular riff**e of "Day Tripper" or the deceptively sloppy "The Ballad of John and Yoko" – where, with George Harrison away on holiday, Lennon turned rudimentary lead and rhythm lines into sharptoothed magic. He was also capable of generating a truly ferocious tone: In the live promo clip for "Revolution," Lennon makes his hollow-body Epiphone Casino screech like a very angry lawn mower. Still, he didn't get his due as a guitarist in the Beatles' heyday. "They call George the invisible singer," Lennon said. "I am the invisible guitar player."
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2011, 03:35:04 AM »

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time: Harrison (11th), Lennon (55th)

George Harrison (11)
as told by Tom Petty

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-20111123/george-harrison-19691231

"George Harrison and I were once in a car and the Beatles song "You Can't Do That" came on, with that great riff in the beginning on the 12-string. He goes, "I came up with that." And I said, "Really? How?" He said, "I was just standing there and thought, 'I've got to do something!' " That pretty much sums him up. He just had a way of getting right to the business, of finding the right thing to play. That was part of that Beatles magic – they all seemed to find the right thing to play.

George knew every obscure Elvis solo; his initial influences were rockabilly – Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochran, Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore – but he always added something to it. Even going way back, I used to just swoon over that solo in "I Saw Her Standing There." You just can't imagine anything else there. He had that knack. And how many Rickenbacker 12-strings did that guy sell? That was a whole new sound too – Roger McGuinn got the idea from George, and then Roger took it to his own place with the Byrds.

When he moved over to the slide guitar later in the Beatles' career, it was a really beautiful thing to hear him play that. He once said to me, "I think modern guitar players are forgetting about pitch," and that was something he really cared about. He was very in tune when he played, the slide was very precise, and just a beautiful vibrato on it. It really sounded like a voice, like a very distinct, signature voice that came out of him. Just listen to those records. They're so immaculate, so inventive. He was a guy who could just add so much."

John Lennon (55)

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-guitarists-20111123/john-lennon-19691231

When Rolling Stone founder Jann S. Wenner asked John Lennon how he rated himself as a guitarist, Lennon replied, "I'm not technically good, but I can make it f***ing howl and move. I was rhythm guitarist. It's an important job. I can make a band drive." It is, and he did: Lennon was the Beatles' spark plug and bloodletter, often adding rawness to pristine pop songs. Listen to the airborne strums that power "Help!," the circular riff**e of "Day Tripper" or the deceptively sloppy "The Ballad of John and Yoko" – where, with George Harrison away on holiday, Lennon turned rudimentary lead and rhythm lines into sharptoothed magic. He was also capable of generating a truly ferocious tone: In the live promo clip for "Revolution," Lennon makes his hollow-body Epiphone Casino screech like a very angry lawn mower. Still, he didn't get his due as a guitarist in the Beatles' heyday. "They call George the invisible singer," Lennon said. "I am the invisible guitar player."


The top three guitarists are:

(1.) Jimi Hendrix
(2.) Eric Clapton
(3.) Jimmy Page

That's not a bad top three list at all!
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 08:42:53 PM »

The top three guitarists are:

(1.) Jimi Hendrix
(2.) Eric Clapton
(3.) Jimmy Page

That's not a bad top three list at all!

I agree. Glad to see Jeff Beck at #5, though I would have put him at least at #3 or even at #2!

I didn't find Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane in the list; I think he was a great lead guitarist, easily in my Top 10.
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 09:07:35 PM »

Its interesting that George has moved up the list. I'm sure he was about number 21 the last time RS did this? 

Not that he doesn't deserve it... ;D
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2011, 10:05:41 PM »

I agree. Glad to see Jeff Beck at #5, though I would have put him at least at #3 or even at #2!

I didn't find Jorma Kaukonen from Jefferson Airplane in the list; I think he was a great lead guitarist, easily in my Top 10.

How's it going my friend? In my opinion, I think that the top 3 is fair, however, MICK TAYLOR (37), RANDY RHODES (36), PETER GREEN (58), JOHNNY WINTER (63), DAVE DAVIES (91), ALEX LIFESON (98) and LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM (100) just doesn't seem fair. What do you think? 
 
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2011, 10:10:34 PM »

Its interesting that George has moved up the list. I'm sure he was about number 21 the last time RS did this? 

Not that he doesn't deserve it... ;D

Hi stevie! How are you? In my opinion, as years went by, I truly believe that the fans as well as music critics are beginning to appreciate George's accomplishments and achievements as a lead guitarist with THE BEATLES as well as his solo years. Many people are starting to realize just how important George was to THE BEATLES towards the end. Take care.   
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2011, 10:41:43 PM »

I actually find it laughable that Jimmy Page (yes I do like Led Zep) and Keith Richards (who was constantly outplayed by Mick Taylor) is a better guitarist than;

Chet Atkins
Pat Metheny
John McLaughlin
Django Reinhardt
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2011, 01:22:50 AM »

List is the typical popularity contest. No way in hell George Harrison or John Lennon belong on a top 100 guitarist list.

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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2011, 03:12:43 AM »

I actually find it laughable that Jimmy Page (yes I do like Led Zep) and Keith Richards (who was constantly outplayed by Mick Taylor) is a better guitarist than;

Chet Atkins
Pat Metheny
John McLaughlin
Django Reinhardt

Can you believe that LES PAUL is number 18 and JAMES BURTON is number 19! 
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011, 11:37:57 PM »

It's someone's list - not the Bible or an Encyclopedia.

I find it laughable that people get so upset that 'X' beats 'Y' in any of these lists/books. Lists are good for provoking debate and 'hey what about...' - nothing more.

As the old saying goes - 'Opinions are like @ssholes - everyone has one, and I don't want to hear yours'  :) :)


I actually find it laughable that Jimmy Page (yes I do like Led Zep) and Keith Richards (who was constantly outplayed by Mick Taylor) is a better guitarist than;

Chet Atkins
Pat Metheny
John McLaughlin
Django Reinhardt
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 11:41:36 PM »

dont think anybody's 'upset' just commenting on the ridiculousness of it
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2011, 12:00:55 AM »

What's ridiculous about an opinion? That's all it is, even if it's in print for sale for $$ - Read the magazine today and tomorrow it's toilet paper.  :)


dont think anybody's 'upset' just commenting on the ridiculousness of it
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2011, 12:12:43 AM »

What's ridiculous about an opinion?

well, imo (and it is my opinion) the people who write these stories are so called 'experts' on the subject, having been a guitarist for a long time (but no expert) I think it is 'ridiculous' FOR THEM to say that John Lennon or Keith Richards was/is a better guitarist (in terms of knowledge and use and mastery of the instrument) than an absolute virtuoso like Chet Atkins, a man who is also recognised by his peers as a technical expert.

I repeat, Im not upset by this list, but someone started a thread about it and I decided to give my opinion (normally I just ignore them)
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2011, 01:34:24 AM »

What's ridiculous about an opinion?

Opinions cant be ridiculous? If somebody doesnt know what they're talking about and they still offer they're opinion, it can be very ridiculous.

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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2011, 12:49:18 AM »

This list is very sexist; there are barely any women on it and Joni Mitchell should be higher.
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2011, 01:02:45 AM »

List is the typical popularity contest. No way in hell George Harrison or John Lennon belong on a top 100 guitarist list.

Totally agree
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Re: Harrison and Lennon on RS's 100 Greatest Guitarists
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2011, 01:03:13 AM »

This list is very sexist; there are barely any women on it and Joni Mitchell should be higher.

Totally agree
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