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Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

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Tim and Eric's Tim Heidecker and Davin Wood talk about their 'ridiculous' debut CD

Starting from Nowhere is the debut CD from Heidecker & Wood, a duo comprising Tim Heidecker, who stars on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and that crazy comedy series’ composer, Davin Wood. Given the pair’s pedigree you might expect the album, which is out March 15, to be funny. And it is, in part. But while the tracks’ lyrics are often ludicrous—album opener “Cross Country Skiing,” for example, is an unabashed celebration of the titular winter sport—the music pays very serious homage to the soft-rock ‘70s stylings of such acts as Steely Dan, the Eagles, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert: Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills and Nash and so many more

The listed headliners alone were enough to justify outrageous ticket prices for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first 25th anniversary concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden last night: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon solo, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band can all fill arenas by themselves. Yet they weren’t even half the talent in the room. As each of those top-billed acts brought out one legendary friend or forebear after another to jam on stage, a truly epic event took form. (Check out a full set list after the jump.) By the end of the night — which was actually 1:30 this morning — the performers had succeeded at a goal that the Hall of Fame itself only sometimes reaches: They had presented a convincing rock canon, a rich history that’s still living and breathing in the present tense.

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EW exclusive!: Hear previously unreleased Crosby, Stills & Nash track

Stephen Stills is one of my all-time musical heroes. Seriously, his first two solo albums, 1970′s Stephen Stills and 1971′s Stephen Stills 2, are absolute classics. If I met him I would be reduced to a gibbering wreck. And I know this for certain because I did meet him in the lengthy line for the restroom at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony a couple of years back. Stills jocularly remarked that we should have brought a pack of cards to pass the time. My response went something along the lines of, "Uh… Yeah… You’re Stephen freakin’ Stills!"

I hope to be slightly more eloquent on the subject of the Crosby, Stills and Nash track you can exclusively download below. It’s an alternate version of the beautiful, Stills-penned "You Don’t Have To Cry," which is one of a dozen previously unreleased numbers featured on the new CD Crosby, Stills & Nash Demos, out June 2.

Anyway, check out the song and tell us what you think. Are you CSN fans out there excited for Demos, or are you happy with the versions you already own?

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