Jeff Buckley is an unsung guitar hero whose genius defies categorization

Paying tribute to the genius of Jeff Buckley
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During the making of Total Guitar's mammoth list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, we began to consider the guitarists who hadn’t made our top 100. Had the polls delivered a representative spectrum of guitarists? Had we forgotten anyone vital? 

You see, making a longlist of guitarists is easy; cutting them back to 100 is the real challenge, and many of our favourite players had to fall by the wayside. For me, it was Jeff Buckley, and for one key reason.

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.