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Thread #131081 Message #3020846
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
01-Nov-10 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: Who's THE most over-rated 'legend'?
Subject: RE: Who's THE most over-rated 'legend'?
Jimi Hendrix is overrated? Here is a guy, like him or not, who changed the way the electric guitar was played forever after. He was not the most technically proficient musician of his time, but his approach to sound manipulation was a paradigm-shift for rock and roll. He was also rooted in the Blues, and as such helped bring a generation "raised on rock" into the trad fold.
Van Morrison has been able to stay in the spot light for over 40 years, has gone through numerous changes in style, and like Hendrix, has influenced a new generation of performers. Van has also brought a roots-based sensibility, incorporating Gospel, Blues, and Celtic forms into his music.
Of course, both have committed the unforgiveable sin of achieving popular success.