The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 December 2003

To be a rock, and not to roll

A hundred years from now, will any of the popular music of the late 20th century have graduated to "classical" status?

The historical record suggests that yes, some will, and no, it probably won't be the works you think most obviously deserve to be so enshrined.

Not necessarily with that in mind, Joe Wolfe presents The Stairway Suite, orchestral variations upon an air by Plant & Page, and, well, you'll need something that plays MP3s.

(Via The Sound and Fury)

Posted at 7:30 PM to Tongue and Groove


I've often wondered about that, too. Go farther -- what tunes from 1960, 1970, 1980, etc, will people be listening to in, say, 300 years?

Posted by: David at 7:59 AM on 22 December 2003

I'm reasonably certain I won't be around to find out, but it would do my old decomposed heart good to see Ned Rorem cheek by jowl with the Ramones on the shelves of the future.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:21 AM on 22 December 2003

Go farther -- what tunes from 1960, 1970, 1980, etc, will people be listening to in, say, 300 years?

We had joy, we had fun,
We had seasons in the sun

It'd serve 'em right for being around long enough to finally have their flying cars.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:45 PM on 22 December 2003

Actually, I think that Jacques Brel number might survive, though Rod McKuen's flatulent English lyric and the prepubescent warbling of Terry Jacks (who was in his late twenties when he recorded this) will be deservedly forgotten.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:01 PM on 22 December 2003

::snrk:: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida will be around forever. :)

Posted by: Steve at 8:17 PM on 22 December 2003

I have the album. On vinyl. With the entire twenty-minutes-plus, endless drum-and-organ solo let's-get-stoned version. Dum da da da da dum da da da...

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:43 PM on 22 December 2003

If you start playing it now (it's 17:05, per the liner notes on my LP), it will certainly seem to last forever.

A great argument for the 45 version, which runs an amazing 2:52.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:57 PM on 22 December 2003

I -did- own the album (and on vinyl, '69 press, even).

The ex- decided that my albums (all 300 or so of them) should "live" beneath a water leak (of, which I was unaware) thus preserving all of -her- albums living elsewhere.

I have none of them, now.


Posted by: Steve at 2:08 AM on 23 December 2003