[JPL] Miles, Monk, Baker & Sinatra on GQ's 25 Most Stylish Musicians of All Time

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Mon Aug 16 15:38:26 EDT 2004

GQ Names the 25 Most Stylish Musicians of All Time: Bowie, Dylan, Hendrix, 
Presley, Sinatra Top List

Plus: Andre 3000, Beck, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- GQ names the 25 most stylish musicians of 
all time in its September 2004 Big Style issue. The hotlist includes: Andre 
3000, Beck, Chet Baker, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, 
Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Serge Gainsbourg, Liam Gallagher, Marvin Gaye, Jimi 
Hendrix, Thelonious Monk, Jim Morrison, Gram Parsons, Elvis Presley, Keith 
Richards, Paul Simonon, Frank Sinatra, Gene Vincent, Charlie Watts, Paul 
Weller, Pharrell Williams, and Steve Wonder.

Andre 3000: The only man alive who can wear a tie to the beach and still 
look cooler than any musician working today.

Beck: From his thrift-store jeans and slacker gear to his skinny nightclub 
suit and some Tropicalia moves that got even the music critics dancing, Mr. 
Hansen has been the most stylish man in rock for a decade.

Chet Baker: Hauntingly beautiful, perpetually troubled. Baker wore his dark 
suits and white shirts with an insouciance only a jazz legend could muster.

David Bowie: How good do you have to look to popularize androgyny? This good.

Nick Cave: Unbutton shirt, light cigarette, grab microphone, and work the 
stage like nobody since Tom Jones.

Johnny Cash: The Man in Black also understood the elegance of a crisp white 
shirt, bold cuff links, a sharp watch, and the power of pomade.

Miles Davis: Long before he affected shoulder-padded MC Hammer jackets and 
Jheri curls, Miles put together a poise and ease befitting the baddest 
mother in the business.

Bob Dylan: Even before Dylan ditched his cloying folkie fan base and 
plugged in, his style was already going electric-skinny black outfits with 
Carnaby Street flair, mystery shades, and his hair as meticulously careless 
as the man himself.

Bryan Ferry: Eighties music was largely a style wasteland. But there was 
one sophisticated, smoky island draped with beautiful women who kept the 
flame of fashion burning.

Serge Gainsbourg: Never has dissolute looked so elegant and ballsy. But 
that was Serge.

Liam Gallagher: The Oasis frontman has pilfered rock's past for fashion 
inspiration, and he's done so with remarkable success-from his anoraks to 
his Lennonesque shades. His hairdo alone launched a thousand bands.

Marvin Gaye: A sweaty, gyrating master of sexual style.

Jimi Hendrix: Jimi never got dressed; he decorated-tying and twisting and 
draping himself into an accessorized wizard in cropped jackets and 
second-skin pants and hair that knew no master.

Thelonious Monk: A brilliant but difficult man who wore his complexity with 

Jim Morrison: The leather pants. The concho belt. The utter disregard for 
shirts. Morrison gave birth to the vision of what a lead singer should be.

Gram Parsons: Parsons lived just long enough to drop out of Harvard and 
fuse the twang of country with the punch of rock, creating a rhinestone- 
studded alt-country style immortalized by a suitmaker named Nudie.

Elvis Presley: Movies trivialized him; pharmaceuticals wrecked him. But for 
those few magical years before he shipped off to Germany, Elvis was the 
most magnetic creature on the planet.

Keith Richards: During that four-year run between Beggars Banquet and Exile 
on Main Street, Richards defined the look of a rock star-jagged hair, 
sunken cheeks, the random scarf, and plenty of velvet.

Paul Simonon: The best-dressed, best-looking punk ever. One good reason why 
the Clash was "the only band that matters."

Frank Sinatra: If you don't get why by now, pal, you ain't ever gonna get it.

Gene Vincent: If Elvis had been a bit tougher, he would have grown up to be 
Gene Vincent, a motorcycle-riding, leather-wearing rebel who soared to fame 
in 1956 with "Be-Bop-a-Lula."

Charlie Watts: No rock musician has aged with more dignity than the 
subdued, sly drummer of the Rolling Stones.

Paul Weller: Twenty-seven years after the Jam's debut album, kids are still 
trying-and rarely succeeding-to cop Weller's iconic mod style.

Pharrell Williams: Vintage tees, fur-collared parkas, trucker hats, fatigue 
cargo shorts-Williams's wardrobe perfectly captures the fashion of the times.

Stevie Wonder: After he burst onto the scene as Little Stevie and before he 
grew his braids, Wonder taught us what it is to be a player.

"The 25 Most Stylish Musicians of All Time," appears in the September 2004 
issue of GQ, on newsstands nationwide Tuesday, August 24, 2004. GQ is the 
leading men's general-interest magazine and part of Conde Nast 
Publications, Inc.



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