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Dec. 19th, 2016 05:56 am
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Facebook, in its continuing program of “Stir it some more; the folks in back can’t smell it yet,” suggested that we make lists of 10 unpopular nonpolitical opinions. The only one I could think of is one that I assume everyone who knows me has heard already: The music died somewhere around 1970. But in my more lucid moments I realize that there are still people making music that sounds like rock & roll; I’ve even heard some on occasion. One person who does that sort of thing, quite well, is Bruce Springsteen. I recently read and enjoyed his memoir, Born to Run, and now he’s done a Desert Island Discs list, none of which makes me want to puke and at least half of which I really like.

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supergee: (guitar)
Before Hendrix, Elvis, and Chuck Berry, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
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[livejournal.com profile] nellorat just went to Cleveland on family business, and she bought me a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame T-shirt, which I am now wearing. I feel a bit funny about that because I am one of those cranky old farts who believe the music died around their thirtieth birthday, and here I am displaying the names of a lot of postmusical losers who make that noise the kids like.

One sign that the music was dying (this was around 1970) is that singers and groups who didn't yet have an album's worth of good new material decided to do a double album. I believe the Beatles started it, but the worst example was Bob Dylan's Self-Portrait, based on the ludicrous idea that people would want to hear Dylan singing other people's songs. offensive image ) If I'd wanted to do an ultimate musical insult, I hope I would have managed to come up with "like the stuff that was rejected from Self-Portrait."
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As an old white person, I would have thought "People inspired to learn by listening to rap" came from a gag list of one-page book titles. Shows you what I know. To wit: The Wu Tang Clan

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John Crowley remembers the Who (as I do).
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The music died in 1968, but the Band and Creedence kept the corpse animated for four years. Jon Carroll remembers.

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Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:34 am
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Super Bowl protected from (instrumental) music with pedophile cooties.

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Indiana legislator wants a law that would punish bad singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (which everyone knows cannot be sung well). H.P. Lovecraft, with his love of tradition, would sing "To Anacreon in Heav'n" when everyone else was singing the new version. I imagine the elected moron would favor a law against that as well.
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I forgive Ta-Nehisi Coates for being a Cowboys fan because he said that Jerry Butler has the greatest voice in history.

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