Editor's note

Who are the best guitarists of all time? It’s a question that animates many a rock nerd but as Daniel Lee writes, a swag of recent lists ranking the top ten guitar greats share a defining feature. Not one of them has included a woman. There are plenty of guitar wielding women who might have made it on these top tens: from Bonnie Raitt to Joan Jett to St Vincent. Why, asks Lee, are women still being written out of the canon in this way?

Suzy Freeman-Greene

Section Editor: Arts + Culture

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There are some great women guitarists but they struggle to make it into the rock canon. Shutterstock

We crunched the numbers on ten recent ‘world’s best guitarist’ lists. Where are the women?

Daniel Lee, University of Tasmania

There are numerous women guitar virtuosos, from Joan Jett to Orianthi to St Vincent. Why are they so conclusively excluded from the rock canon?

Students are invited to give feedback on teachers performance at Australian universities. from www.shutterstock.com

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