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The Mount Rushmore of Classic Rock

Tonight on "The List"'s my Mt. Rushmore of Classic Rock...there's more than four...cause it's a big Mountain!The 7 bands and artists who changed the game.  3 are from Europe, and the other 4...Home Grown!

Led Zeppelin-Over a 10-year, nine-album career from 1969-79, Led Zeppelin was the most popular rock group in the world, ultimately selling more than 50 million records in the U.S. alone (more than 200 million worldwide), developing the blues-based power trio-plus-lead singer archetype in many directions including mystical English folk-rock, Middle Eastern-influenced exotica, quirky pop reggae and every manner of heaviness.  Led Zeppelin caused many parents blood to boil in 1969 when the revolution of their first album blasted out the bedrooms of kids all over America!

Jimi Hendrix-In Clapton the Autobiography Eric writes of Jimi;  'What I found refreshing about him was his intensely self-critical attitude toward his music; Clapton writes; He had this enormous gift and a fantastic technique, like that of someone who spent all day playing and practicing, yet he didn't seem that aware of it. I also got to see the playboy in him. He loved to spend all night hanging out, getting drunk or stoned, and when he did pick up the guitar, it was very throwaway to him, as if he didn't take himself too seriously;  Follow this link to read what Pete Townshend has to say about Jimi.

Bruce Springsteen-In spring 1974 critic Jon Landau saw a Springsteen show in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and wrote in the Real Paper, "I saw rock & roll future and it's name is Bruce Springsteen;"  It took a while to put the masterpiece that would deliver on that boast together...but when Born To Run was relased in 1975 and Bruce appeared on the covers ot Time and Newsweek simultaneously, The future arrived...and the timeline is still being written.

The Grateful Dead-When Don Henley wrote "I saw a dead-head sticker on a Cadillac/A little voice inside my head said don't look back,/you can never look back"...He perfectly captured the enigma of "The Dead" in that one line.  A total contradiction of values.  The Grateful Dead were born out of the counter culture ,drug addled San Francisco music scene.  They became the symbol of a blending of ideologies until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995: a well-oiled money making machine ($50 million a year in concert revenue) that sold peace, love and understanding to a legion of internally divided admirers. The Dead sold out every show because a Dead show was a socially acceptable place to temporarily take a break from the rat race and try on '60s hippie values without having to live them.  The Grateful Dead were the original  Jam Band...paving the way for Phish and The Dave Matthews Band and many others to follow.  They sit proudly on my Mt. Rushmore of Classic Rock

The Beatles-Unquestionably the best and most important band in rock history, as well as the most compelling story. Almost miraculously, they embodied the apex of the form artistically, commercially, culturally and spiritually at just the right time.  They Changed the World!

U2-The most important and influential band of the post-punk era, joining ringing guitar rock, punkish independence, Celtic spirituality, innovative production techniques and electronic experimentalism — all held together by Bono’s transcendent vision and charisma…They are easily the most important and impactful band of the past 30 years.

And finally...

Bob Dylan-The  uncontested poet laureate of the rock and roll era and the pre-eminent singer/songwriter of modern times. PERIOD.  When you heard The Beatles John Lennon sing a song like Norwegian Wood...he was just trying to keep up with Bob.  Dylan is Front and Center on the Mt. Rushmore of Classic Rock!

That's it...that's "The List" tonight on The Mountain.  Keeping in mind that our Mountain is built to honor 7...what changes would you make?  I'm waiting...Have a fantastic weekend!

02/19/2010 5:22PM
The Mount Rushmore of Classic Rock
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03/26/2010 7:20AM
R. Noble
Again, ever since little "Bobbie" as Dave Van Ronk would call him, stole Dave's version of "House of the Risin Sun", I've had little respect for Bob Dylan. The complete story is still avail. on line for anyone to read.
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