100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

From Jerry Garcia and Joan Jett to B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stone critic chooses the best and most influential guitarists in rock

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Jorma Kaukonen
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54. Jorma Kaukonen

Jefferson Airplane's and Hot Tuna's Kaukonen is a gifted fingerpicker and bluesman who developed a raga-inflected style as the Airplane's folk rock grew increasingly psychedelic. His acid-rock peak may be "Spare Chaynge," nine minutes of jamming on After Bathing at Baxter's that grew out of his admiration for Cream.

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