Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Passing of the Golden Generation


On Boxing Day John Harris, in his Guardian column, marked the passing of Joe Cocker and (earlier this year) Ian MacLagen. It is an excellent read throughout (catch up with it HERE) but I was particularly taken with his idea that rock'n'roll and pop culture of the 60s will perhaps go on to define the entire late 20th Century …





The author and presenter Stuart Maconie recently suggested that “rock in the classic sense might be destined, like music hall or the madrigal, to be not with us for ever, but the defining art of particular places and a time: the US and the UK for a decade beginning in about 1966”. Maybe, he mused, our notion of the idealised rock star is as tied to a specific era as the Spanish conquistador or Victorian explorer: something encapsulated by Cocker, resplendent in his Woodstock tie-dye and luxuriant sideburns; or the Faces dressed in their King’s Road finery, clutching their port and brandies.







John Harris is the author of The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock reviewed on this blog HERE.





And here's Joe Cocker in full spate…






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