But much of this is also due to the fact that an act like the Beatles had the necessary platform to become the biggest band in the world. The members of Beatles worked their asses off, no doubt. But to act like they didn't have a leg up because they were four white dudes who evolved from a skiffle (African-American in origin) band to a rock & roll band (African-American in origin) is bullshit. Modern rock history is awash in white dudes who were given the money, equipment, tools, press and ability to be the best. Meanwhile, disenfranchised artists often toiled without the resources, supposed credibility or even the chance to be labeled "genius," let alone reach a global audience.
Music history is something we get to curate ourselves; to me, that means doing away with worshiping forced idols and music that I have been "told" is important. For me, my music history includes female-identified people and people of color -- and white dudes. Like the history of anything, there are many versions and to assume a person is dumb or naive for not subscribing to your notion is not only pretentious, it's dangerous. Re-write music history to include all groundbreaking figures and we'll talk.
Check this out: What if these these people (or kids, because I'm sure many of the crucified Twitter users in question were born in the very awesome '90s) don't know who Paul McCartney is -- but find James Brown, Kraftwerk, Charles Mingus, the Bags, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Michael Jackson, Robert Johnson, Lydia Lunch, Barbara Lynn, Frank Zappa, Patti Smith, Freddie Mercury, ESG, the Slits, Aretha Franklin, Arto Lindsay, Lady B, Oscar Pettiford, R. Stevie Moore, DJ Kool Herc, Sonic Youth, Peter Tosh, Nina Simone, Minutemen, Klaus Nomi, Loretta Lynn, Otis Redding, X-Ray Spex, Cold Crush Brothers, the Shangri-Las, Herbie Hancock, Yma Sumac, Augustus Pablo or Billie Holiday to be more their historical speed? Then what?
I just look forward to a day when there is a generation that is no longer "expected" to respect the archaic pantheon known as rock & roll history.
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