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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Twilight Of The Gods ?

The death of Duck Dunn today once again reminds us that an amazing generation of musicians from the 60s and 70s will, sooner or later, be taking their leave.

Who takes their place in the rock ‘n’ roll pantheon?

It’s hard to think of many, if any, players hailing from the 80s and 90s who could seriously be accorded the legendary status of a Brian Wilson, a Van Morrison, a Roy Harper, and so on.

His nibs from The Smiths? The blokey from Supergrass? Him who doesn’t make the cheese from Blur? That one who does the quirky dancing in Radiohead? Er... that's all I can think of off the top of my bald bonce.

Go on. Try it.

Let me know how you get on. 


Matt Stevens said...

Sad news, yeah i think there are far too many musicians for people to stand out like the legends of the 60s and 70s.

Hemispherical Walter said...

Have you been hiding under a rock? The world of great music is adorned with amazing musicians, songwriters and bands that are at least the equal of the stars of the past. Even if you just consider Steven Wilson and Gavin Harrison you have two geniuses who match and can surpass past heroes.

Tim (Kalyr) said...

Difficult to think of any names, but perhaps the heroes of the 90s/00s won't be recognised as such until 2020 or so when their legacy and cultural impact will be more apparent.

Although there are two reasons why the heroes of the 60s loom large in history. First and foremost, they were there trailblazers. I find it difficult to imagine the impact Jimi Hendrix had when he first appeared; he must have sounded like he'd come from another planet.

The second is that music is far more fragmented now, and more of the movers and shakers are cult figures, not widely known outside their genres. Back then it very different; just look at how varied festival bills were circa 1970s and try to imagine as eclectic a bill now.

Audio Ecstasy said...

I can immediately think of a few who are equals, Phish, Counting Crows, Radiohead, Umphreys McGee, Moe, and when I look toward prog rock and modern jazz, Porcupine Tree, John Scoffield, and Spyro Gyra. The difference is back in the 60's and 70's there were significantly fewer artists, today almost anyone can easily make a record, spreading the fan base pretty thin.


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