A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 15, 2016
“What do you call a guitar player who only knows two chords?"/"A music critic.”

A popular joke about music critics is:

Q: What do you call a guitar player who only knows two chords?
A: A music critic.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1997.


Google Groups: houston.music
Houston Rock Review Web Site
OTNote
2/20/97
(...)
Q.  What do you call a guitarist that only knows two chords?
A.  A music critic.

Google Groups: alt.music.makers.soloact
My friends set these along
Beej&John
10/2/00
(...)
Q: What do you call a guitar player that only knows two chords?
A: A music critic.

Google Books
Real Country Humor:
Jokes from Country Music Personalities

By Billy Edd Wheeler
Little Rock, AK: August House Publishers
2002
Pg. XVI:
Q: What do you call a guitar player who only knows two chords?
A: A music critic.

Google Books
The Songwriter’s Hook Book
By Jon Batson
Instantpublisher.com
2003
Pg. 11:
Q: What do you call a guitar player that only knows two chords?
A: A music critic.

Twitter
The Worship Butthead
‏@WorshipButthead
What do you call a guitarist who only knows 2 chords? A music critic.
2:16 PM - 26 May 2015

Twitter
MusicianHumor
‏@JokesBoutMusic
Q: What do you call a guitar player that only knows two chords?
A: A music critic.
2:58 PM - 10 Dec 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Monday, February 15, 2016 • Permalink