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Mail from our readers

Rock & Riled Readers

  • Hail to your fantastic cover story ”35 Years of Rock & Roll” (39, Nov. 9)Yeah, it’s only rock & roll, but we like it! Great article. However, I am forced to disagree with you in a couple of areas: Bruce Springsteen ”too often overblown”? No, never! Madonna a rocker? No, never!
  • Jan Sweeney
  • Marco Island, Fla.

I am an avid reader of your magazine, usually cover to cover every week. I have never had the urge to write until now. Your choices of the 35 greatest acts for the ”35 Years of Rock & Roll” story were fine ones, but you left out one very notable band — Aerosmith. For 17 years they’ve been cranking out albums, and they still are reaching the top 10. Maybe it was just an oversight, but they should have been mentioned before performers such as Sly and the Family Stone, Madonna, and Public Enemy.
Dean Spencer
East Livermore, Maine

The Stones ahead of the Beatles? Okay…they’ve endured. I can handle that. But the credibility of your story was eliminated when, later in the article, Born in the U.S.A. was hailed as Bruce Spingsteen’s essential album! Who’d have believed it? We’ve discovered someone who knows less about rock & roll than the MTV veejays!
Brian Courcy South
Burlington, Vt.

Your failure to include Alice Cooper on your list of the 35 greatest rock acts is an outrage. Alice has never been given the credit he’s due. He was a pioneer in his use of makeup, wild costumes, unusual sets, stage props, and special effects. Despite the oversight, your magazine is the best source of entertainment info anywhere.
Jessica Cantrelle
Larose, La.

How in the world could you include an Andy Warhol 15-minutes-of-fame group like the Velvet Underground in your 35 Rockers list while leaving out an enduring legend like Pink Floyd?
Joseph Gastman
Albuquerque, N.M.

How could you have selected such minor, semipopular groups as the Kinks and the Clash in your list of the 35 greatest rockers and have ignored such talented, successful, well-known, near-legend mainstream artists as Elton John and Billy Joel?
John L. Infranca
New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Much applause and appreciation for the ”35 Years of Rock & Roll” issue and the 35 top acts celebrated therein. While for the most part I agree with your choices, I am extremely disturbed by the omission of (in my opinion) the greatest band of all time — Fleetwood Mac. Quite frankly, your publication has disgusted, disappointed, and amazed me and every single one of their many, many fans.
Gina M. Keith
Parma, Ohio

Add to the ”give me a break!” department Harry Connick Jr.’s remark in your Nov. 9 issue that rock music ”requires very little knowledge and not much talent.” This, coming from a totally yuppie-looking guy whose jazzy piano Muzak sounds like the same mush emanating from every shabby hotel lobby from coast to coast and back again. Move over, Liberace!
Joe Martin
Washington, D.C.