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Dear people who comment about older rock music "THIS IS WHAT REAL MUSIC IS!"

Skinny Shadowy

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I remember a conversation I had with my great-grandmother a few months ago...you have to keep in mind that old people aren't just made old. There was a time when even they were young and into the pop culture of their own times. My great-grandmother is going to be 91 years old in a couple of weeks. She was born in 1923. When she was my age, the biggest performers were Woody Guthrie, Gene Autry, and Hank Williams. in the 1940s, when she was in her 20s, the biggest genre in music was country. As time progressed, however, a new kind of music emerged. When she was in her 40s and 50s in the 1960s and 1970s, rock n' roll was taking over all the radio stations. She lived during the rise of bands like Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath.

 

You know what she thought of rock n' roll?

 

Garbage.

 

She hated it. To her, it wasn't music. Rock (and especially harder rock) sounded like garbled noise to her. You see, there was a point in time when the bands that we have come to hold as some of the greatest groups of all time were also hated by people who weren't familiar with it or didn't catch on with it. Meanwhile, the kids of the time loved that kind of music for the most part.

 

She also didn't like disco because she felt it was immodest.

 

I'm not defending modern pop music by any means. But do watch out. In 30 years, today's pop artists will probably be considered awesome by many people all over. It will be regarded as "real music" while newer stuff on the radio will be looked down upon by that same group just because it's the thing at the time. And in 30 more years the same thing will happen. I will pretty much promise it.

 

As far as I go, however, I was born jamming to rock. I grew up on Alice in Chains, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Ozzy, Steve Miller Band, and Matchbox Twenty, among many other artists. I don't care much for today's pop music but I don't look down on you if you enjoy it. Because one day what I listen to will be considered "oldies" and what is on the radio today will be considered "classic hits" while new garbage plays on the radio waves. Just watch it happen ;)

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You know, there will be one day when MLP:FiM becomes classic as well.

 

I wonder what the kids will say to that.

 

Sounds like a good idea for a topic.

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For me, it doesn't really matter how old or popular music is, as long as I enjoy it.

 

There are only two genres of music, really: What you like and what you don't like.

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While I do not necessarily hate new music ( there is plenty of crap from the 60's and 70's, trust me), I have noticed that a number of newer bands and a number of music fans seem to gravitate to a number of the quality classic rock bands.

However, I think what I disagree with you the most is how you are viewing the discussion. Put bluntly, you need to widen your perspective several centuries. The fact that a large number of people still listen to composers that have been dead for hundreds of years is fascinating in and of itself. The same holds true for books and other forms of art. So I think there is much more to such things than simple personal taste, as it is very easy to appreciate quality in something without having much taste for it in a subjective sense. I don't like rap much, but I have been exposed to it enough to generally tell a good song from a bad one.

So for me, the question is not about how everyone's music sounds bad to the young-uns ( which isn't always the case in my experience anyway), but when I'm long dead and gone will people still listen to the music of artist so and so. Because at that point the music is no longer simple 'pop music', but has somehow managed transcend such terms and is like the music of Bach or Chopin. Namely, it has become timeless, and proved it's quality.

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