The Best Decade in Rock and Roll History: 1967-1977
I'm feeling a little guilty about last week's column, in which I took the crappy popular music of the '80s to task (High School Music: A Reunion from Hell).
These guys were busy.
Why? It was negative, and generally I like to promote good music instead of baggin' on bad stuff. I've fed my family for almost thirty years by peddling music, and I still stand in awe of everyone who can (or even has the guts to try) make music. As a creative person, I understand how tough it is to put yourself out there. I'd rather just leave the criticism to others.
So this week, in contrast to dogging a decade, I'd like to prop one up. Actually, not a "standard" decade, but ten consecutive years nonetheless. The best ten years in the history of rock and roll music: 1967 - 1977.
Got Ya Thinking, Eh?
Before you get your panties in a wad, it's just my opinion (after all, "best" is a relative term.) It's not like I don't think there has been outstanding music produced every year (see Finding New Music is Easy, Listening to it is Hard). I just think these are the best ten years ever (so you know, I was 2 years-old in 1967, so it isn't like it's my era or anything).
I'll tell you why.
In a minute.
First let me explain why I chose those ten specific years instead of just saying the '60s or '70s (as if there were another decade that could even enter this discussion.)
Partially, as David Patrick Kelly said in The Warriors, "I just like doin' things like that." I'm rebellious by nature, so I've been known to push a button or two just for fun.
Mainly it's because these ten years were better than either decade by itself.
The '70s cover a bigger portion of my ten years - but the way the seventies ended (disco, bad jazz, etc.) was pretty horrendous. The '60s were more groundbreaking - which sorta stands to reason since they had the advantage of being first (and once ground is broken, it can't be broken again, which means that each subsequent generation has decreased in this regard). Even so, a decent portion of that ground broke in the late sixties.
So I went with 1967 - 77. 10 unbelievable years.