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19 December 2016 @ 05:56 am
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.

Thanx to Metafilter
Tom Jackson on December 19th, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm amused by your insistence that popular music died in 1970 (I would put the death of rock at about 1995; I think country music still shows signs of life). I had a work colleague back in Oklahoma who was into classical music, but he insisted that it went downhill after about 1775 or so.
El Coyote Gordo: me-kindasupergee on December 19th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
I am an example of one of Tim Leary's ideas: The music I like is what I heard when I was undergoing puberty and what sounds like it. I imagine there are people with actual musical taste who are not governed by that.
Rydw i'n hoffi coffi: snowflakesmactavish on December 20th, 2016 05:02 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of 70s-2000s rock, but I might define rock really broadly.

Bruce, though -- I only love about 50% of his songs, but love those wholeheartedly. And I want that book.
et in Arcadia egoboo: boobapostle_of_eris on December 20th, 2016 12:04 pm (UTC)
IMNSHO, the catastrophe was a few years later, when the suits moved in and imposed market segmentation, precisely the opposite of what Bill Graham did.