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Jimi Hendrix: The Greatest Guitarist of All Time

"His riffs were a pre-metal funk bulldozer, and his lead lines were an electric LSD trip down to the crossroads, where he pimp-slapped the devil."

December 8, 2011
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Jimi Hendrix on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Jim Marshall

Rolling Stone assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else. Read the cover story here, where Tom Morello explains why Jimi Hendrix's "legacy is assured as the greatest guitar player of all time."

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