Music Critics Poll: Desert Island

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington


Artist: Elvis Presley

Band: The Beatles

Composer: Igor Stravinsky/George Gershwin

Album: Beach Boys, Pet Sounds

Song: "This Land Is Your Land," Woody Guthrie

Live Show: James Brown, The Olympia, Paris, 1971

Musical Event: Woodstock, 1969/Live Aid, 1985


Artist: Bono

Band: Nirvana

Composer: Cole Porter

Album: Run-DMC, Raising Hell

Song: "Baby Got Back," Sir Mix-a-Lot

Live Show: Meaty Cheesy Boys, 1999 Billboard Music Awards

Musical Event: Teenage Neanderthals interpreting Limp Bizkit's "stick it up your ... yeah!" as an invitation to rape Woodstock '99.


Artist: Duke Ellington

Band: Rolling Stones

Composer: Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn /George & Ira Gershwin

Album: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue

Song: "Feel-like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag," Country Joe & the Fish

Live Show: The Clash, S.F. Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, 1982

Musical Event: The birth of jazz.


Artist: Hank Williams

Band: Velvet Underground

Composer: Duke Ellington

Album: Pixies, Surfer Rosa

Song: "Blue Train," John Coltrane

Live Show: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jawbox, Poster Children, Emo's, Austin, 1994

Musical Event: Electric Lounge's Closing Weekend, Austin, 1999


Artist: Bob Dylan

Band: Rolling Stones

Music Critics Poll: Desert Island

Composer: Willie Nelson

Album: Guns N' Roses, Appetite for Destruction

Song: "Johnny B. Goode," Chuck Berry

Live Show: The Who, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, 1990

Musical Event: Willie Nelson's 60th Birthday Party, Austin City Limits, 1992


Artist: Bob Marley

Band: Beatles

Composer: Duke Ellington

Album: Hamdulillah, Music from the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music

Song: "Love Supreme," John Coltrane

Live Show: Funky Meters, Tipitinas, New Orleans, 1996

Musical Event: amplification/digitization


Artist: Robert Johnson

Band: Rolling Stones

Composer: Duke Ellington

Album: Meet the Beatles

Song: "Good Rockin' Tonight," Wynonie Harris

Live Show: John Cale, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, April 17, 1979

Musical Event: Woodstock


Artist: Howlin' Wolf

Band: (pre-'69) Rolling Stones

Composer: John Fogerty

Album: The Clash

Song: "Heartbreak Hotel," Elvis Presley

Live Show: The Blasters, Carbondale, Illinois, l984

Musical Event: Any Grand Ole Opry, l955


Artist: Jerry Garcia

Band: Grateful Dead/Clifton Chenier

Composer: Bob Dylan/Duke Ellington

Album: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue

Song: "Like a Rolling Stone," Bob Dylan

Live Show: Grateful Dead, Winterland, San Francisco, May, 1971

Musical Event: Vietnam War

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