When I was in school and college, my friends and I used to debate on end the relative merits of the big names of the guitar world as known to us then – Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan…And for long, we swore by these and a few others. Every other guitarist was just a pale haze.
I cannot speak for my friends of back then – there’s no one of that group that I’m any longer in touch with – but fortunately for me, my ears and heart were opened to a reasonably wide spectrum of music and musicians from different parts of the world over these many years. There are so many greats out there that these ‘All-time Best’ lists that eminent members of the music/entertainment media produce are an exercise in silliness, even outright meanness. (more…)