Monday, July 06, 2015

Wanted: The Musical Mystery Tour

In the last few years, I think I've come to understand that most of the vital and vibrant music in rock history was made in the 1960s.

Of course, there's lots more good stuff beyond that point, but the 1960s was just incredibly dense with great music. Thanks to Chris Hornbostel and his terrific Musiquarium pieces, I pay more attention when I'm listening to music now, and I'm starting to better understand how much rock music was connected in the 1960s.

What I'd really like to do, though, is learn more.

What I'd like is a curated music tour, and why isn't anyone doing this? Think of how many interesting questions a program like this could answer. What were the most common elements of rock music in the 1960s? Geographically, where was most rock music being created, and how did that affect the sound? How did the Beatles influence absolutely everyone, and what were the most common kinds of influence? More specifically, what did Sgt. Pepper due to the course of rock music? What groups did musician XYZ play in during his career, and how did he influence the groups he joined?

There are hundreds or thousands of interesting questions about rock music history, and it would be so much fun to listen to a podcast where the songs were played and then deconstructed in terms of whatever the theme is for that show.

Looking at you on this one, Chris.

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