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Baby Boomer Music Died In 1973?

Did it die of natural causes?

sixties dieA new book explains how it happened.

It wasn’t the plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper in Iowa.

Lynyrd Skynyrd members also crashed without killing music.

It wasn’t Bob Dylan plugging a Fender Strat in at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Bruce Springsteen didn’t kill anything when he hung his Telly up for an acoustic tour behind his Nebraska album

And it wasn’t Don McClean’s history lesson when he sang American Pie.

So what was it?

Music died a little bit when the Beatles filled up ball parks and played through sound systems drowned out by screaming fans.

It died a little more when they stopped playing live. They couldn’t make their studio sounds from the stage.

Lucky for us Pink Floyd got it figured out.

The Rolling Stones caved to censors and sang “let’s spend some time together” instead of “Let’s spend the night together” on Ed Sullivan.

No bloodshed there.

Michael Walker points to 1973 and three bands, The Who, Alice Cooper, and Led Zeppelin as the culprits behind the crime.

One came from the Mods in the Second British Invasion. They had to change or face the same future as Freddie and the Dreamers.

One was a stage act performed by a pretty good golfer named Vincent Damon Furnier in make-up. No way that career spans decades.

The last one is a band who played the blues so loud and fast ¬†they’ll never go away.

Should they be convicted of killing the 60’s music vibe? If so, then it’s time for an amnesty.

The Who played last year’s 12-12-12 concert. Roger Daltrey still takes his shirt off. Didn’t look dead.

Alice Cooper might be gone, but for awhile Marilyn Manson resurrected him looking decidedly un-dead.

Led Zep singer Robert Plant played at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival in early July.

NPR interviewed Mr. Walker to clear things up.

Before you trance out on your lava lamp, know the Sixties music vibe is alive and well in groups like Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, and their traditional instruments.

Baby Boomers, and boomer bloggers, may not find them in a Village coffee house, but they’ve got the right hook to land baby boomer music fans.

So who really killed the music? Big hair bands, says the old bald guy.

What You Want Is In The Limo turned into what you want is in the mini-van.

About David Gillaspie


  1. Rock and Roll didn’t die of suicide, it was assassinated by disco and polyester suits and old guys and women who had finally found a music they liked since the 50’s because they never liked Rock and Roll.

    When John Revolta pointed a finger to the sky and a million guys wearing gold chains, shirts open to the navel, polyester suits, polyester shirts and fake leather shoes and belts decided they wanted to dance the same way, I bailed on the popular music scene along with 30 million hippie friends.

    Without venues, Rock and Roll subsided, but it didn’t die, it soon returned with Police, Men at Work, and hundreds of other awesome sounds that got me back into popular music and continues to this day with Coldplay, Black Keys etc.

    • David Gillaspie says:

      Great post, Alex. Thanks. When I saw Rod Stewart sing Da Ya Think I’m Sexy in a jumpsuit I knew something was going on with Disco.

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