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Posted by Ammianus Marcellinus on 04/01/02 - 21:39:21
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I agree with you.  I found your gazette post very enjoyable to read.  Your history of listening-to-pop-music says a lot.  Sure, it's like you said, "Part of it has to do with WHEN we were young---and
what music accompanied our journey at the time."  The other part of it, though, is what's in the music itself.  It's like you said in the other post -- in the '70s the music went plastic on us.  The VH1 history of music tries to explain this in terms of post-60s burnout -- starting with James Taylor's _Sweet Baby James_ album in Feb. 1970, VH1's history of pop claimed, the public started going for this syrup, or glam image, or disco, or whatever.  At any rate, there's something that's more-than-subjective there, something that pertains to the music itself rather than being a mere reflection of our then-attitudes (well, _your_ then-attitudes -- I was only eight years old in 1970), and that's what I wanted to explore in my spate of posts.

I tried to make a distinction between music that portrayed an image, and music that portrayed a perspective.  All of JA, in my reckoning, portrayed a perspective (rather than just putting out an image for the worship of loyal fans), and I'm beginning to suspect that that's one of the things that made JA attractive to you when you were there, in the '60s.  (To make my case further: what else would account for the vibrancy and variety of opinions between albums, for the numerous and complex changes in attitude between Pillow and Baxter's and Crown of Creation and the Fillmore album and Volunteers and Bark?  The Airplane had _personality_.)

In fact, I think it was "there enough" that I would, later (as I explained in post #10451) discover Old Wave through JA after having discovered pop music through New Wave.

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