New generation, but the song remains the same

  • Article by: KEVYN BURGER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2012 - 6:27 PM

While millennials listen to contemporary music, many are embracing the classic rock of their parents' generation.

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rarmstrongDec. 30, 12 8:27 PM

Careful, kids. That music might make you a Conservative . . .

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irishmom58Dec. 30, 12 8:50 PM

Very true - it is in our home with our kids. We are 54 and 55, kids 26 and 24. Great story Kevyn - miss you!

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Old SchoolDec. 30, 12 9:02 PM

The number 1 thing the old music was about was freedom. Listeners did not require musicians to fit into any tightly confined box. We listened to and supported every music of every kind and style. But it did have to be good. Just look at the Beatles, from simple rock to orchestrated masters. They were not expected to stay confined to their first style. On the other hand the Rolling Stones did maintain their original scope and that was fine too because they were so dang good. There was no end to the artists that were allowed and encouraged to find their own Path.

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bgronniDec. 30, 12 9:58 PM

Good for them. A lot of great music back then.

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smltownmnDec. 30, 1210:37 PM

My 14-year old only listens to rock from the late 70's to early 90's. It's sort of fun to ride in the car with him and listen to 93X or KQ and tell him my own memories of a group or song.

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harrisstevenDec. 31, 12 8:14 AM

Good for them. There are some new songs out there that are crafty, but in general, lacks the soul of the classic era. Van Morrison was interviewed recently and said something to the effect when asked if he listens to new music.."It's all been done before". It is also fun when I go to a guitar store (like Twin Town) and pick up an acoustic and (as a 55 year old) break into a riff from Led Zeppelin or the Beatles, or whoever...I see the younger heads turn...

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UMD1983Dec. 31, 1210:47 AM

What these kids are learning is that the most authentic music started in basements and garages, with kids trying to figure out how to play "Smoke on the Water". Once they had 3 chords down, they refined their playing and found their voices, and generation after generation has connected because that music came from the heart, not from a talent show or a marketing department. In the words of those bad, bad boys from AC/DC, "Rock 'n Roll ain't noise pollution, and to me it makes good, good sense".

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jeffportDec. 31, 1212:29 PM

As an almost 48 year old I've grown up with the music from the mid 60's to today and the 90's did have a few "rockers" that compared with the Who, Zep, Sabbath, Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Boston etc etc.. but then all went to digitized junk. Evanesence to me is a pretty good rocking group for the 2000's. All things being equal though, the 80's were for me the best. It was a more positiive time for the music, it wasn't all depressing stuff... FYI, getting tired of all the Lovey dovey, you broke my heart Taylor Swift stuff too..

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swmnguyDec. 31, 1212:55 PM

For me as a 46 year-old dad, it's an absolute kick to hear my 15 year-old son and his buddies working out The Replacements "Bastards of Young" and The Sex Pistol's "Pretty Vacant," along with a few Jack White tunes, on their guitars, bass and drum kit. They don't care when it was originally recorded; they only care whether or not it is original, or any good. If it isn't challenging enough they get bored with it.

For all the deserved slagging of modern pop, the kids aren't interested in the mass-produced junk that was cranked out in the '60s and '70s, and there was plenty of that, too. Look at a Billboard chart from "back in the day" and you'll be surprised how little of it is worth listening to again, or was then. That's no different now.

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beveryafraidDec. 31, 12 2:40 PM

I sincerely hope that the 40-year old music of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Neil Young will help today's young people to cultivate distrust in authority and to question their own reality. They've been spoon-fed corporate marketing throughout their entire lives.

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