I meant to respond to this in the headliner thread, but I didn't get to it in time and it seems out of place now. I thought perhaps a new thread could be an interesting launching pad for discussion of nostalgia for another time periods music.
I don't mean to rag, I just don't understand the borrowed nostalgia for the 60s (it's obviously not just you). Your second list is closer to where I'm at, and I think Radiohead is better than every one of those bands. NYCH are the only living classic rockers who'd make my top 10.
For me personally I don't think the nostalgia is borrowed at all. It is very real. Pretty much from birth I was surrounded by the music my parents loved. Some of my earliest memories involve my dad playing records on his old stereo and turntable. Stuff like Dylan, Young, The Beatles, The Stones, Zevon, The Dead, Bruce, and much, much more. I remember bits and pieces of seeing NYCH when I was 7. I don't remember any of The Dead shows I was taken to a kid but I have to imagine they made some effect on my young mind. I do remember sitting in my dad's truck waiting for the school bus listening to his old traded Dead tapes. Sometimes when it was really cold the tape deck would freeze up and the tracks would play really slow. I remember every night in elementary school listening to the local oldies station on a shitty little transistor radio.
I started with the music that my parents introduced me to as a kid and explored my personal interests. By the end of High School I would of been way more likely to recognize some The Band B-side than the stuff most of my peers were listing to. It was the older stuff like Levon Helm and Phil Lesh that sold me on my first Bonnaroo in 2008 when I was 18. At that Bonnaroo my outlook on music completely changed and I realized how much great music is being made today. I discovered bands like The Felice Brothers, Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, The Raconteurs; this was the experience that set the course for my last 6 years of listening to music. Nowadays you would be more likely to find me listening to something from the last decade than something from the 60-70s, but today at work I've been listening to live Grateful Dead all morning. Is it borrowed nostalgia? The memories and emotions that it evokes sure feel like my own.
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Post by sangvincent on Jan 26, 2014 10:55:46 GMT -5
I'm very similar to bacon (but I imagine most of us are) we all grew up listening to the classic rock music that our parents listened to. I personally went through phases. At first I just listened to what they listened to, then I began to branch out into other things and eventually I got to a point in my teens where I totally disregarded classic rock and only listened to "my" music, the music of the time. After some time, it came back around though and I found myself getting into a lot of those bands that I grew up hearing. Except I wasn't loving it because of that, I was loving it on my own. I feel like some of the classic rock bands, I actually love more than my parents did. It is my music and it will always be something I love. I do love a lot of new music, but mostly I feel like nothing will ever be as good as it was in the late 60's and the 70's. Everything is influenced by and gets compared to that.
From the perspective of someone in the "parent" category, I hold to my treasured classic artists but have broadened my horizons to many new genres. I'm even warming up a little to hip hop which I thought would never happen (but its just too damn danceable lol). On any given day you might find me in a different decade...lol.
So many of you younger people grew up listening to the classic stuff that your parents played (good for them!), and the classic stuff certainly has influenced many modern artists. Growing up, my father listened to jazz and classical and my mother to country and classic R&B like Little Richard, Otis Redding, etc....and all that is still good today.
I don't get where it's borrowed nostalgia at all. It's just great, timeless music. If you maintain that only the newer stuff is any good then you're no better off than someone who is stuck in the 60's and 70's.
OK, let me get back in my rocking chair and make sure my Life Alert necklace is working.....