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  •  A couple of nice points here (1+ / 0-)
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    cweinsch

    One of the things that has struck me about classic rock is how arbitrary it seems to me.  Every now and then I'll hear a song that was a big hit in say 1976 that you never hear on classic rock stations.  While other songs are played incessantly.

    The age thing is interesting.  Although it may be less common than it was say ten years ago I still hear college students listening to Led Zeppelin or the Beatles.  I've pointed out that this is equivalent to my peers listening to 1940s pop music when I was an undergrad.  Something that basically never happened.  

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 02:56:27 PM PDT

    •  I am very interested... (0+ / 0-)

      ...in what happened to various bands. A lot has to do I think with where they started from. The Who, for instance, sang a lot of songs about growing up in their part of England in the 1950s, etc. It's great music, but it only is timeless in the way that a novel is. But it isn't timeless in a more immediate sense.

      The Stones sort of screwed themselves because their greatest music was about being a teenager and stuff that is very tied to the 1960s (Street Fighting Man, eg.). It's embarrassing for them to play that stuff now. Richards is a genius, and I think he knows it.

      Meanwhile, Clapton was a straight blues player. He was more interested in the instrument than the lyrics. A lot of guys are like that. Jeff Beck for instance.

      I am not saying this too well because I'm tired, but the point to me is that a lot of how well these acts aged has to do with with where they started from and what drove them into music in the first place.

      On your point about the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and the kids: My son is 16 and huge Phish fan. Sometimes a song comes on and for a few seconds I think it's the Dead. You are right about the difference between our kids and us versus us and our parents.

      Please visit The Daily Music Break for some good music.

      by cweinsch on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 04:04:51 PM PDT

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