An ageing rocker

An ageing rocker:

"Because now that nobody smashes guitars or protests anymore, now that rock is middle-aged and corporate, and the turnover of the top mega-groups exceeds that of small nation states, now that it’s music for older people remembering their salad days while the kids listen to gangsta rap, trance music or hip-hop, and Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin get invited to sing at presidential inaugurations, it’s easy to forget rock’s oppositional origins." Q An ageing rocker by Salman Rushdie/May 20, 1999/Leave a commentRock music’s rough, confident spirit of rebellion has gone. Some of us can’t help feeling nostalgic for it I recently asked Vaclav Havel about his admiration for the American rock star Lou Reed. He replied that it was impossible to overs…

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