Past music important

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Time to move past past’s music”
Mar. 14, 2007

To the Editor:
I just read Andrew Sullivan’s article about what he deems “nostalgia acts.” I wasn’t bothered by his blatant disregard for how much today’s artists are influenced by their predecessors and I let the whole part about people sadly longing for the “good old days” fly by without a hint of animosity.

However, what I can’t understand is why people like Sullivan insist past music should be buried. There’s a reason why these legends are still around.

Where do you think your eyeliner-wearing, tattooed punk-rockers will be in 10, naaah, lets say two, years? I’m not taking anything away from current music but Sullivan is missing a HUGE point.

Do you have any idea how many past performers have been forgotten? Hundreds. Thousands. The surviving ones survived for good reason. When our generation’s music culture starts producing Robert Johnsons, Bob Dylans and Joe Strummers, I’ll shut up. Not a moment sooner.

Like Dylan once said, “I wish that for just one time, you could stand inside my shoes. You’d know what a drag it is to see you.” Fitting, eh?
"Steve Pulver

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