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The Mt. Rushmore of Classic Rock

 Tonight on “The List”…it’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.   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 released in 1975 and Bruce appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously, The future arrived…and the timeline is still being written.  Elton John-When Elton John and Bernie Taupin hooked up in the late 60's, one of rocks great partnerships was formed.  Elton's "genius' as a tunesmith is legendary.  He could take a page of Taupin's lyrics and in 20 minutes, turn out another memorable melody.  From 1970-76 Elton put out an album about every 6 months.  Each, with a totally different musical texture.  That was the Elton John adventure.  In 1975 his Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album became the first album to ever debut at number one on the charts.  According to a 2004 BBC profile, John "has the rare accolade of charting a Top 40 single every year from 1970 to 1996"...It's the stuff of legend.  Elton is about to release a new album with his idol Leon Russell. It's produced by T Bone Burnett and advance reviews are excellent.  Think "Tumbleweed Connection.   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!

09/17/2010 3:57PM
The Mt. Rushmore of Classic Rock
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