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  •  Exactly! (4+ / 0-)
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    Me and my buddies were sitting around one night, talking about this very thing. We called it being stuck in a time warp. And we were probably around sixteen at the time too, making fun of beatniks and their jazz.

    But I think rock and roll is dead. The music featured on this diary isn't rock and roll, but it might be called 'rock music'. But have no fear, there's lots of rock and roll being played by bar bands.

    It's so easy to self-publish music these days, that good music doesn't need to come out of radio. I think radio popular music certainly isn't rock or even rock and roll.

    I happened to be listening to old, old rock and roll the other day. X, which people used to call punk rock, did a lot of real rock and roll music. But that was a long time ago, when I was in my late twenties. Time warp!

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:49:23 AM PDT

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    •  Under the Big Black Sun (3+ / 0-)
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      is my all-time fave amongst a great string of classics they recorded, and you're right - it just sounds like rock 'n' roll anymore. "The Have Nots" still resonates directly as anthem for the Occupy era.

      But then again, when it was released that which was sold and commodified as "rock 'n' roll" was the likes of Journey, Asia, and Quiet Riot. The industry had to market a band like X as something else.  

      My other car is a pair of boots.

      by FutureNow on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:08:57 PM PDT

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    •  Great Great Band - Manzarek on Drums in this song (3+ / 0-)
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      My at-the-time Brother-in-Law had a band playing on the fringes of the punk/new wave LA scene in the late 70's-early 80's. I roadied for them (and sang on their demo woo-hoo!) and got to meet a lot of great bands back then. Peter Case and The Plimsouls, The Go-Go's, I wish I could recall them all but the truth is my memory grows hazy these days, after all it's been 35 years.

      35 years! Shit.

    •  Best live show I have ever seen (1+ / 0-)
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      X at The Channel in Boston, with Mission of Burma.  1982.  I hope someday I blunder into a video of that show on YouTube.

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