Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Quote of the Day (Steven Hyden, on Classic Rock as a Continuing Force)

“[T]his generation from the ‘60s and ‘70s…has stayed around for a really long time, in a way that rock stars don't typically stick around. Before classic-rock radio, you were on the radio because you had hits, and once you didn’t have hits you were gone. Classic rock introduced this idea that you could stay on the radio forever without having any new songs. It created this situation where classic bands were competing with new bands. It was like rock history being split in two.” —Critic-historian Steven Hyden quoted in John Williams, “Five Things About Your Book: Steven Hyden—Drafting a Eulogy for Classic Rock,” The New York Times, June 18, 2018

(The image accompanying this post is from the Rolling Stones’ video for their single “Waiting for a Friend.”)

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