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8 Reasons Old Music Is Better Than Old Music

This comes from The Smoking Section and although the author focuses on rap, hip hop and R&B, you might find that a lot of the same arguments are applicable to rock.

Thoughts?  Do you think he has a point?

Lately, I’ve been listening to way more old music than new music. And, by lately, I mean always. These days, however, with apps like Spotify and Pandora, educating yourself on the back catalogs of nearly every artist from any genre is only a click away. So, while there are indeed plenty of new artists coming out who are talented and vying for our ears, there are thousands of older artists who also deserve attention – arguably, more than the new artists.

Here, I’ve laid out the eight reasons why the next time someone asks me who I’ve been listening to lately, my honest answer could potentially be Camp Lo, Jeffrey Osborne and Janet Jackson – all respectable artists with their fair share of acclaim, who I personally had never been enlightened to. Are they relevant? No. Are they talented? Yes and that’s all that matters. Oh, and by old music, I’m talking about material that didn’t debut on the Internet. Can you even fathom that?

Walk with me.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “8 Reasons Old Music Is Better Than Old Music

  • “Author focuses on rap, hip hop and R&B” is enough to make me think this is just some old racist being an old racist. Nothing to see here.


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