Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Not really a Stones fan, but...

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS OPINIONS WHICH MAY CAUSE SOME FANS OF THE ROLLING STONES TO INVOLUNTARILY SPEW VITRIOLIC COMMENTS. THE OPINIONS BELOW ARE GIVEN AS SIMPLE CONJECTURE EXPRESSED FOR HYPOTHETICAL PURPOSES ONLY. IF RASH DEVELOPS, DISCONTINUE USE.

What's with all the "old" jokes concerning the Rolling Stones? Since when do you lose your ability to play music as you get older? You never hear jokes about how old B. B. King is. Or Earl Scruggs, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Shankar, Elmer Bernstein, or even Paul McCartney for that matter. So why the Stones?

Actually I think I have a very good idea why the Stones get singled out for ridicule. The music the Stones made famous was the beginning of a long line of rock acts whose attitude and style were always of equal or greater importance than the music itself, it seems to me. If you make the stylistic choice that your music is to serve as a rallying cry for disaffected youth, then you basically create a shelf-life for your credibility. The older you get, the less people will take you seriously. So the Stones make an easy target for humor, much like the skit on the Chapelle Show which featured a blind black man involved in the KKK. It's the same exaggeration, isn't it? A black man shouting "white power" and a 60 year old multi-millionaire singing "I can't get no satisfaction" - they're both laughable. Am I wrong? Maybe I am, but before you click the "reply to this post" button, please read the warning again.

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