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Subject: The Stones legacy is indeed in peril!
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2006
Time: 6:46:25 PM
Remote Address: 126.96.36.199
Message ID: 189827
Parent ID: 189824
Thread ID: 189801
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Queen are all far more popular than the Stones among teenagers and college students in America. I'm a college student and I'm constantly talking about music with other people my age, and it's insanely rare to find someone under 25 who really digs the Stones. Here's why I think the Stones are (in general) underappreciated today by young people:
1.) They've become celebrities for reasons other than their music (Keith's hedonism, Mick's jet-setting, the whole band's age) so great music isn't the first thing young people associate with the Stones.
2.) They didn't fade away right after they hit their prime in the 70s, so their legend has been tainted by a number of sub-par albums.
3.) They don't have a really flashy wanker of a solo guitarist in the band, and kids these days think that the best music comes from bands that are "technically" brilliant.
4.) A lot of kids today think that rock and roll is supposed to be serious and moody, with bands like Linkin Park and Tool being some of the most popular current groups. A serious song like Stairway To Heaven appeals to my generation a lot more than, say, Jumpin' Jack Flash. (In fact, I know a lot of people who say they don't like the Stones, but they do like Paint It, Black.)
5.) A ton of people hate Mick's singing because it is so unorthodox. Also, Mick was never as melodramatic as Freddie Mercury or Robert Plant, and was mostly concerned with dancing around and having a good time on stage. (See #4)
You can be as optimistic as you want, but the Stones legacy is undoubtedly diminishing. Today, there are still plenty of die-hard Stones fans out there. The critics today are also quite complimentary of the great Stones albums of the past. However, unless trends in music take a drastic change in the next couple of decades, I think the Stones will continue to see a decline in their number of young fans.
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