Oh. So Rolling Stone ran a readers’ poll on the Greatest Rock & Roll Rebels, and it makes a bit more sense.
Including the intro, which says these rebels pushed boundaries and refused to conform. That’s a little more on point.
Here’s the list: Jim Morrison, Dylan, Zack de la Rocha, Keef, Iggy Pop, Johnny Cash, Lennon, Zappa, Axl Rose, Bowie.
All in all, there’s a lot more cohesion here than in the previous list. Interesting that Johnny Cash is the only name to appear in both versions. And also interesting, I guess, is that I’m more qualified to be a reader than an RS editor, since my list was closer to the general public’s. Of course, the editor guys’ job is to spark discussion and debate. Like we’re gonna conform!
Anyway. Play by your own rules. That’s the message.