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Pete Townshend on Jimi Hendrix

David Fricke chooses Hendrix as the greatest guitarist of all time: "In the end, I looked at it this way: Jimi Hendrix was Number One in every way; the other 99 were all Number Two."

September 18, 2003
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Jimi Hendrix on the cover of Rolling Stone.
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In 2003 Rolling Stone presented a special issue with David Fricke's ranking of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Read the cover story here, where Pete Townshend explains what Jimi Hendrix's legacy means to him.

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