Kenny’s lists

40 Favorite all-time artists

  1. Sleater-Kinney
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Husker Du/Sugar/Bob Mould
  4. The Clash
  5. John Coltrane
  6. The Beatles/John Lennon
  7. Mekons/Jon Langford/Waco Brothers
  8. Bruce Springsteen
  9. Otis Redding
  10. James Brown
  11. Bob Marley
  12. Sonny Rollins
  13. The Feelies
  14. Graham Parker & the Rumour
  15. Thelonious Monk
  16. Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  17. Wussy
  18. De La Soul
  19. Sly & the Family Stone
  20. Los Lobos
  21. Todd Snider
  22. Stevie Wonder
  23. Linton Kwesi Johnson
  24. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  25. R.E.M.
  26. Al Green
  27. Replacements
  28. Youssou N’Dour
  29. K’naan
  30. Ornette Coleman
  31. Go-Betweens
  32. Minutemen
  33. Kimya Dawson/Moldy Peaches
  34. Aretha Franklin
  35. Richard and Linda Thompson/Richard Thompson
  36. Amy Rigby
  37. Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy/Michael Franti/Spearhead
  38. PJ Harvey
  39. Laurie Anderson
  40. Miles Davis

Top artists this decade

  • Wussy
  • Todd Snider
  • Kimya Dawson
  • OutKast
  • K’naan
  • Orchestra Baobab
  • Drive-by Truckers
  • Amy Rigby
  • Wrens
  • Youssou N’Dour
  • TV On the Radio
  • The Coup

Books

  • Christgau’s record guides
  • Azzerad, Our Band Could Be Your Life
  • Guralnick, Sweet Soul Music (and his other books, too)
  • Savage, England’s Dreaming
  • Nimmi, Murmur
  • George, The James Brown Reader
  • Dylan, Chronicles Volume One

Folks I’m supposed to like more then I do

  • Rolling Stones
  • Ramones
  • Neil Young
  • Sonic Youth
  • Beastie Boys
  • Willie Nelson

Pop bullshit I’m not supposed to like, but do

  • Billy Joel
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

The worst ever

  • Styx
  • Journey
  • Queen — I tried, but even the camp sucks
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