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Cynthia Fernald's List: Music / Rock 'n' Roll

    • Mick Jagger just turned 70
    • But about turning 70. A lot of the great stars of ’60s music were born during World War II, clocking in just ahead of the baby boom. So they’ve always been the senior citizens of their own, spectacularly youth-oriented generation. When they were young, they wrote songs about getting old. Paul McCartney was playful in “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Paul Simon was affectionate in “Old Friends,” when he mused “how terribly strange to be 70.”

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    • “Fourteen is a sort of magic age for the development of musical tastes,” says Daniel J. Levitin, a professor of psychology and the director of the Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University. “Pubertal growth hormones make everything we’re experiencing, including music, seem very important. We’re just reaching a point in our cognitive development when we’re developing our own tastes. And musical tastes become a badge of identity.”
    • Fourteen is a formative age, especially for people growing up in social contexts framed by pop culture.

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    • "When You're Strange" consists almost entirely of archival material: home movies and photos, concert and rehearsal footage, period TV broadcasts, even clips from a UCLA student film in which Morrison appeared before he became famous.
    • this underscores the ways that Morrison, in all his confusion and self-contradiction -- reclusive poet, leather-clad sex god, reluctant celebrity, abusive drunk, pop star with limited musical gifts -- remains a vital cultural force, the conscious or unconscious model for many rock stars, actors or rappers who came later.

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  • Apr 09, 10

    "Art is not a patent office. It’s a conversation between and among artists. Reality can’t be copyrighted, especially in the digitized universe we now occupy."

    • Danger Mouse’s “Grey Album” is built entirely of samples from the Beatles’s “White Album” and Jay-Z’s “Black Album.”
    • Genius borrows nobly. Art is theft. Good poets borrow; great poets steal.

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    • The band that upended the cultural landscape of the 1960s is now hitching its legacy to the medium of a new generation: the video game.
    • games intensify people’s engagement with music.

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  • Jul 21, 09

    Led Zepplin, CCR, the Beatles, John & Yoko, Woodstock, Altamont -- musical landmarks in a notable year, marking the beginning of the modern era.

    • He has set himself a deceptively simple task: to write about the popular music of the last century by concentrating on what was actually popular, and to figure out why people — not critics or historians but the people who bought the sheet music and the records, listened to the songs on the radio and went to the ­dances — liked it.
    • In doing so he ends up taking aim, for example, at the notion that mainstream pop music in the early 1950s was mired in white-bread mediocrity, as embodied by the likes of Perry Como, until Elvis Presley and company came along to rescue it. He doesn’t deny that rock ’n’ roll delivered a new energy and a new attitude, but he maintains that Elvis and Perry had more than a little in common — and he notes that plenty of teenage rec­ord buyers liked them both.
    • need to look at this stuff not as competition or story fodder, but instead see it through the eyes of Kutiman: it is an endless supply of raw goods, ready to be remixed, rebuilt, and recreated in ways that are wholly new and wholly unexpected. At the end of the day, that's what journalism has always been best at: taking the world around us and giving it back to us in new ways. Well, that world has suddenly become much easier to access -- it's telling us about itself all the time. But that doesn't mean that the stories it tells are enough
    • Kutiman, an Israeli musician, cuts his songs together using snippets of performances on hundreds of YouTube videos.

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  • Feb 21, 09

    Local non-profit that celebrates San Jose's rock 'n' roll history.

    • Fleet Foxes
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      Song: White Winter Hymnal

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