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”To put it quite simply, your ‘100 Greatest Moments in Rock’ issue [#487, May 28] was bloody fantastic,” gushes Rachel Brickner of Montreal, and many EW readers heartily agreed. Fans of ’80s big-hair bands sang an entirely different tune, though. Unhappy with our coverage of the era, Christine Libby of Pownal, Maine, quips, ”’I’m shot through the heart and you’re to blame.’ I can’t be the only one who loved Bon Jovi, Poison, Winger, and other bands who bridged the gap between hardcore metal and too-tame pop.” Meanwhile, Kyle Watson of Raleigh, N.C., got hung up looking at our illustration of grisly shock-rockers. ”Is that a plateful of a certain male appendage in that illo? Correct me if I’m wrong.” Wrong! Rest easy, Kyle, they’re pigs’ feet.

Rollin’ in the years
I can’t remember if I’ve ever enjoyed an article as much as I did ”The 100 Greatest Moments in Rock.” As an amateur musician and writer, it was to me as quintessential to entertaining music education as PBS’ Rock & Roll series, with thoughtful, edgy commentary and photography reminiscent of the best classic Rolling Stone fare. I was very impressed by how thorough and balanced your coverage was in including all genres of rock. Thanks for a truly memorable feature.
Joanna Boyce Ragland
Atlanta

I loved your special music issue. You covered every aspect of the Popular Music course I just finished at school. I only wish that you had published the issue a month earlier when I was studying for the final exam. Reading my weekly EW sounds like a perfect way of studying to me!
Claire Baillie
Ancaster, Ontario

How can you put pictures of the Spice Girls and Beck on your cover along with the greats of popular music such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, and Bob Dylan? What the hell is wrong with you people?
John David Kalodner
Senior Vice President, A&R
Columbia Records
Los Angeles

I truly enjoyed your rock issue. While I didn’t agree with some of your choices, you captured the essence, spirit, and fun of the music this 46-year-old fan continues to grow up to.
Jeff Palmer
Alexandria, Va.

After reading your cover story, I was mystified by your lack of attention to late-’80s metal. We all remember its characteristics: fluffy lyrics, formula music, bad hair, and even worse makeup. But how can you ignore this genre when such groups sold millions of records — Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard both had sales above 10 million copies each — and filled stadiums to capacity? These artists’ lavish and often over-the-top appearance paved the way for future rockers including Marilyn Manson. (Besides, who didn’t bust into a sexy groove while shouting ”pour some sugar on me/in the name of love” along with Def Leppard?) I hope this is only an oversight and not a deliberate disregard of a style that has become the butt of industry jokes.
Mitchell Mills
Creative Director
GlassNote Records
New York City

In reference to your ”100 Greatest Moments in Rock” issue: rapper MC Hammer doing super-freak, country singer Garth Brooks topping the charts, pop diva Madonna clouding my MTV, Ginger leaving the Spice Girls to go solo, Tupac’s murder, and John meeting Yoko…. To me, those ain’t the greatest moments in rock. A more appropriate title would have been ”The 100 Most Memorable Moments in Music.”
Brad Lanegan
Sherman Oaks, Calif.

How could you leave off the list Elton John’s 1997 tribute to Princess Diana?
Tassoula E. Kokkoris
Mesa, Ariz.

…Elvis Presley’s 1968 comeback special?
Jeff Abraham
Venice, Calif.

…Chubby Checker doing ”The Twist” and teaching us that we could move in ways we didn’t know were possible?
Dugald D. Chisholm
Atascadero, Calif.

…the recording of the Righteous Brothers’ ”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”’?
Julie Haklar
Woodbridge, N.J.

…1985’s Live Aid and the recording sessions for ”Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and ”We Are the World”?
Collin Parker
Essex Junction, Vt.