"He had the quickest mind that you could ever ask for, fast and funny."
-- David Crosby
"He really didn't give a fuck about anything else apart from him and The Beatles and his songs."
-- Noel Gallagher
"It was his band. He was the original member. I don't think John is getting anything he doesn't deserve."
-- Ringo Starr
"It was as if he knew that he had a short time."
-- Yoko Ono
Brian Wilson Can’t Live Without: Let It Be – “When I’m scared and lost, I play this album and it gets me cool. I first heard it in 1970 and I couldn’t believe how great The Beatles looked on the cover. John’s voice blew me out…and just the way the songs blended together. It’s an album I play every couple of weeks for spiritual guidance.”
"I thought that's what rock'n'roll should be all about - too much make-up, setting things on fire and pissing off parents."
-- Marilyn Manson
Boy George Can’t Live Without: The Man Who Sold the World – “I have always been into lyrics and words, ever since I was a kid; I would walk around the streets with a transistor on my ear and I would learn the words to every song that came out. And that record was the most unusual record I’d ever heard. It was like Fucking hell, what is this about?”
"He's made out of something that music likes to be around."
-- Tom Waits
"I think he stands for the right to be yourself - even against overwhelming odds. He's a crusader."
-- Johnny Marr
Peter Buck Can’t Live Without: Exile on Main Street – “This was the first album I just obsessed on. It gave me everything I ever wanted in a record. It was mysterious. I loved that way they were putting all their influences in. It gave me the feeling that there was this mystery and adventure that went with a record.”
"God pretends to be Bono on his day off."
-- Robbie Williams
"He taught young people that they do have the power to change the world."
-- Kofi Annan
Neil Hannon Can’t Live Without: Unforgettable Fire – “I was a deranged U2 fan with one of those horrible t-shirts, and U2 gave me my ambition, if not my style. This was the first album I really got into – I love the sound, all of it is a bit impressionistic. The textures are obviously very Eno-inspired.”
"He was a joy, always. Even when he was depressed, he was a joy. He had a conscience."
-- Pete Townshend
"The pedestal belongs to Joe Strummer."
-- Billie Joe Armstrong
Sharleen Spiteri Can’t Live Without: Sandinista! – “Sandinista! is so underrated. There’s a lot of waffle, but the crossover of rocksteady basslines, big beats, Studio 1 production sounds, big-room sounds and the mixing of that with pop and rap, and talking over it, even using samples, is very brave.”
"He sang like an old geezer - this ancient voice in a young man's body."
"Picasso is the only character you can compare him to."
Rod Stewart Can’t Live Without: Bob Dylan – “This was a huge influence on me. I used to dress like him. I had the harmonica, the fucking hat…everything. In My Time of Dyin’, Man of Constant Sorrow, Talkin’ New York…I used to sing all those songs.”
"Sometimes I would listen to what he has done and it would scare me, his music is so powerful."
-- Brian Wilson
"If he fell on the piano, by the time he had picked himself up he would have written three songs."
Graham Coxon Can’t Live Without: Abbey Road – “I always say Rubber Soul is my favorite Beatles album out of habit. But Abbey Road came out the year I was born – 1969. Also, they had got through their problems with The White Album and Let It Be, and this was a really good goal after two deflections. McCartney’s singing is amazing, much better than Lennon’s. McCartney was just as avant-garde, but he was exploring it rather than mouthing off about it.”
"I shoplifted an Elton John t-shirt once, and my stepfather took away my Elton John gig tickets. It fucked me up for life."
-- Courtney Love
Elvis Costello Can’t Live Without: Peachtree Road – “Elton’s new album is a songwriter at the top of his game. There are a couple of melodies which are up there with his best, particularly My Elusive Drug. I also love some of those delicate songs from way back, such as Sixty Years On….”
"All the hype about the Sex Pistols was totally deserved. Johnny Rotten was the one I identified with - he was the sensitive one."
-- Kurt Cobain
"What made the Sex Pistols different was Johnny, because he was a total anti-star."
Noel Gallagher Can’t Live Without: Never Mind the Bullocks…Here’s the Sex Pistols – “It came out when I was 11. If you think that all punk music was supposed to be anti-music, Never Mind the Bullocks sounds like a pop album in comparison. My mum hated it and it had to be really good if she didn’t like it. She even used to hide the record from me, so I had to buy it on tape and hide it in my pocket.”
"Fuck Elvis and Keith Richards. Lemmy's the king of rock'n'roll."
-- Dave Grohl
Essential Recording: Ace of Spades
Mojo magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Music Stars of All Time!
“The first time I met him, he completely disarmed me by asking to have his picture taken with me,” says U2’s Bono, remembering his first encounter with his icon Bob Dylan. Earlier this year, the music-loving public were invited to nominate their rock’n’roll icons. Via thousands of emails, text messages and votes cast via the O2 website, the nominations were collated and the final 100 stars are presented and counted down in this special edition magazine.
Throughout, you’ll find striking images of Bono, Dylan, Madonna, Kurt Cobain, Eminem, Thom Yorke, John Lennon and 93 others, taken by the world’s greatest photographers. More than that, you’ll find many of these musical heroes also talking about the icons who have inspired, amused, sometimes infuriated but always mattered to them.
We also delve into their back catalogues to discover the greatest songs, albums and more by each artist. Find out which rock stars are the biggest music fans: which Elton John album Elvis Costello can’t live without, what Morrissey thinks about Robbie Williams, which fresh-faced modern pop star ravaged old rocker Iggy Pop is desperate to work with and just who Dave Grohl believes is the real king of rock’n’roll (a clue: it’s not Elvis. Or a Beatle.) Have fun.