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  •  Rock just happened to be the best every when I was (6+ / 0-)

    16 - but that's just an accident of nature. I was 16 in 1971.
    But I do agree with the author's premise. Some people think Van Halen or Metallica are the best bands in history because they first heard them when they were 16.

    But the answer is still Led Zeppelin for pure rock. My personal favorite is still The Who, however.

    What's changed in the musical landscape is the music business.
    Bands are still out there but the record companies seemingly only exist to re-issue recording they already own and not sign and promote new ones.

    Radio stations are all owned by large corporations who autoprogram nothing but rock oldies. Unlike the old days when you were able to hear a song by a new band on the radio, enjoy it and go out to buy the album to see what else they did.

    So, they music is there but you've got to look deeper to find it these days.  

    I ask him if he was warm enough? "Warm," he growled, "I haven't been warm since Bastogne."

    by Unrepentant Liberal on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:04:50 AM PDT

    •  I actually might agree with you (2+ / 0-)
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      burana, Dave925

      Who's Next, Led Zeppelin IV, Tupelo Honey, There's a Riot Goin' On, ELP's debut, The Yes Album, Nursery Cryme (I'm a big prog rock fan), just an unbelievable number of great albums.  1971 just might have been The Year.

    •  Unfortunately, I turned 16 in 1986... (2+ / 0-)
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      Dave925, chemborg

      ....when most of the classic rock bands were on hiatus, grunge musicians were in their early stages, and hair metal ruled.

      I will say my 20s (which were the 90s), were rich in harder rock music, and the college rock bands I listened to in the mid-late 80s (epitomized by R.E.M.) started to get into the mainstream.

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 11:58:38 AM PDT

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