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I found your John Lennon article ("In His Life," April) interesting-with a couple of exceptions. Robyn Hitchcock may have lived close to the Beatles, but I question his assessment of them and their music. He states "The solo albums were sort of doomed because you get too much of one flavor." Excuse me, but Plastic Ono Band and Imagine appear in the top 100 of Rolling Stone magazine's list of greatest rock 'n' roll albums of all time! He states furthermore, "Paul could play lead as well as George, which was a constant source of irritation to both of them." I'd invite Mr. Hitchcock to take another listen to McCartney and Ram, Paul's first two solo efforts, and compare his lead guitar work to Harrison's on All Things Must Pass. McCartney was an inventive bass player but he was no George Harrison when it came to playing guitar.

Pat Daugherty

Mercer Island, Washington

The March issue was excellent. I especially enjoyed reading about the ways luthiers are incorporating new technologies into their nylon-string instruments. But the guitar that caught my fancy-the Mario Beauregard nylon-string jazz model-did not include enough information for me, so I surfed away to his website and found that the site was not up yet. I'll be contacting Mario via phone to get more information. I realize AG has 50 million things to do in putting together each month's magazine, so I ask, is verifying website availability and content one of them?

Mike Gibson

Spring, Texas

Regarding the article on Tony Rice and Peter Rowan ("Spontaneous Combustion," March), it is unfortunate that some players feel compelled to use tortoise-shell picks made from an endangered animal. There must be picks made from other materials that sound close. I don't buy CDs or go to concerts by musicians who are not concerned about protecting the earth.

Steve Kiley

Alamogordo, New Mexico

I am a big fan of Acoustic Guitar, have read every issue, and particularly enjoyed the article by Duck Baker about Libba Cotten (Off the Record, April). …

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