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I am a heretic

November 27, 2009

I am a heretic among guitarists because don’t hold to the idolatrous worship of Jimi Hendrix that seems to be obligatory for plank-spankers. He was alright, I suppose but not as amazing or as innovative as people make out. Anyway, Music Radar has just run a poll to find the greatest guitar riff ever. Voodoo Child came in at number one. The top five were:

1. Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix
2. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
3. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
4. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
5. Layla – Derek and the Dominos

Music Radar‘s editor, Mike Goldsmith, called Jimi Hendrix the ‘undisputed heavyweight champion of rock guitar’ and said: ‘Above all though, our poll seems to indicate one thing – in 2009 classic rock still rules.’

Well, I dispute it and no, it isn’t! If the best rock music all happened 30 years ago, what does that say about rock music? Decadent, repetitively recycling the same old, same old? There’s still new. vibrant, creative music making going on but you won’t find it in the rock world.

BBC news story

50 greatest riffs of all time

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