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The times they are a changingPosted Thursday, July 5, 2007, at 7:35 PM
Bob Dylan wasn't kidding.
This weekend as I kicked back in my easy chair reveling over a day off I came to a realization I'm not quite sure how to handle.
I was watching a show on one of my many "docu-channels" and a show about the history of rock-n-roll came on. It focused mainly on Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Chuck Berry, considered by many to be the fathers of modern rock.
A large portion of this program centered around Elvis' evil hips and the stir they caused across the nation.
This got me thinking about how each generation of parents has had something in the music industry to be appalled by.
First we had Elvis, then the Beatles and their "mop-tops". Then we move a little farther out there with bands like the Grateful Dead and the hippy movement from that era.
Then come the 1980's and things only get more interesting with the uprising of rap music and Ozzy Osbourne chewing the head off a pigeon in a meeting with his record label. Then in the 1990's my generation gives us Marilyn Manson. Enough said.
I just can't imagine where things will go from here. If history serves, things will not only get more radical, but considerably more.
What I wonder is in another 10 or 20 years, what will my kids and grandkids think is the greatest thing in the world?
I'm not intending this to pick on any bands in particular or even rock-n-roll. I just want to take a deeper look. A number of these bands I love and don't see the problem, but that always seems to be the case with the bands that came before our own generations.
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