"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Most underrated guitarist: If steel guitarists count, then I'll say Leon McAuliffe, because you may not have heard of him. He played for Bob Wills (whose exclamation, "Take it away, Leon!" became a trademark) and his signature song was "Steel Guitar Rag."
Dick Dale is not underrated, but my wife can say she was kissed by him.
Most unusual lead instrument in a piece of music: Lead accordion isn't really that unusual, I suppose, if you're from Wisconsin or Minnesota, but I can't pass up the opportunity to link to the Big Joe Polka Show online.
Coolest name ever for a Rock 'N Roll band: Fine Young Cannibals. Honorable mention: the Specials, the B-52s, the Stray Cats, Los Straitjackets
Worst genre of music ever: Gangsta rap. (Or the St. Louis Jesuits.)