Re: THE SIX GODS OF ROCK?
posted at 10/19/2010 10:59 PM EDT
In Response to Re: THE SIX GODS OF ROCK?
[QUOTE]Perhaps, but I included Jagger as the quintessential rock n' roll frontman - the guy who embodies the swagger, the attitude, and who nailed the delivery...plus the notion that lyrics didn't need to be clearly enunciated as long as they sounded good . He didn't have the same vocal qualities as Daltrey or Plant, but he didn't need to...he could sing the blues, he could rock out, he could croon, and he could do it all while being a sex symbol even though - as eddie murphy blithely put it - he was one ugly mofo. As a group, The Stones also had Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ron Wood along with Richards, but there was only ever one Mick Jagger.
Posted by Mattyhorn[/QUOTE]
I was not going to post on this, since I agree with many of the aforementioned choices. But I have to look at songwriting, first and foremost. Mick failed miserably as a solo artist, and without Richards, wouldn't be where he is. Don't get me wrong, the Stones are (or were) a great band, and Mick is a great frontman, but I would pick Freddie Mercury over him hands down. Freddie (and Queen) changed rock music in a way that few people have.
No question about Lennon/McCartney, Hendrix, and Brian Wilson. And yes, George Martin gets Honorable Mention, this was almost my first thought when this was posted. Pete Townshend definitely. Dylan and Neil Young are up there too, but it's hard for me to decide. Since the roots of rock surely point to Berry and Holly, it's hard not to include them. But there are so many, it truly is a difficult task to pick six.