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Legacys 7

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Funny how the Beatles have been coming up in the media these past few weeks while one keeps stating their lack of popularity and fashion had an impact on society.

Apr 01 13 04:12 am Link

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devpics

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Let's look at this way... how many musicians from the 1500's can you recall ?

Apr 01 13 04:45 am Link

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photoimager

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Legacys 7 wrote:
Funny how the Beatles have been coming up in the media these past few weeks while one keeps stating their lack of popularity and fashion had an impact on society.

Popularity and significance can co-exist but one does not pre-determine the other. How many people know the name of the person who invented the wheel ?.

Over here it is Bowie media mania but he does not count in this thread since he is not a group - his contribution to music though is significant.

Interesting that few are willing to consider that there have been significant bands that are not 'western rock' based.

Apr 01 13 07:04 am Link

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Al Lock Photography

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37photog wrote:
Also The Beatles were the first to write their own songs. Keith Richards even admits this in his bio "Life", saying Lennon or McCartney told them they gotta write their own songs instead of the ones the label gives them. It basically became the way it's done in rock music, bands writing their own material, causing a great variety as well as freedom of expression & relating to the people.  Pre-1964 music vs Post 1964 music.  Sure The Beatles may not have been the Greatest among them, but I have a feeling if you lived thru it (I didn't, though I'm glad I did live thru grunge), you bookmark The Beatles as the ones who changed it all.

The Beatles weren't actually the first to write their own songs... Buddy Holly certainly did it before them.... but they made it the norm. No question about that, at all.

Apr 07 13 01:45 am Link

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37photog

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Al Lock Photography wrote:

The Beatles weren't actually the first to write their own songs... Buddy Holly certainly did it before them.... but they made it the norm. No question about that, at all.

True. Dylan and the Beach Boys did as well.  Wonder if it was a UK thing they were behind the curve or something.  I suppose I meant to say like you said "They made it the norm", leading the way for personal expression to make its way into songs, especially during the volatile era or the late 60s early 70s.

Apr 07 13 05:21 am Link

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Legacys 7

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37photog wrote:

True. Dylan and the Beach Boys did as well.  Wonder if it was a UK thing they were behind the curve or something.  I suppose I meant to say like you said "They made it the norm", leading the way for personal expression to make its way into songs, especially during the volatile era or the late 60s early 70s.

There were several artist that wrote their own music before and during the Beatles era. James Brown wrote all of his music, didn't sell it or sold it cheap to the record label, like many Black artist that were naive and sold their music for peanuts, not knowing that when they'd gave up their rights, they lost tons of money on their music. There's a good documentary on this. James and his band "The Famous Flames" refused to do this.

Apr 07 13 09:28 am Link

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Al Abbazia

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Beatles
Rolling Stones
Queen
Prince (I know, not a band lol)
Pink Floyd
Led Zep

Apr 07 13 09:59 am Link

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Kita St Cyr

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If you guys have been interested enough in this topic to last 12 pages (especially Eliza's posts.  Holy novel, batman!)  You may like a series of articles by Steven Hyden entitled The Winners' History of Rock and Roll:

"Over the next seven weeks, I'm going to be writing about seven bands: Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Metallica, Linkin Park, and the Black Keys. I don't love all of these bands, but I do love some of them. My point is that my personal feelings here don't matter. I picked these bands because they rank among the most popular of their respective eras, and they all remain active in some form to this day. I believe they also represent turning points in rock history that haven't always been appreciated or remarked upon all that much. More than anything I'd argue that these bands are important in ways that few other rock bands in the 21st century — even the ones I adore and passionately push on people at parties — seem to be."

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/882 … d-zeppelin

Apr 07 13 09:12 pm Link

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Legacys 7

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Al Abbazia  wrote:
Beatles
Rolling Stones
Queen
Prince (I know, not a band lol)
Pink Floyd
Led Zep

Prince and The Revolution was a band. That was his best music IMO.

Apr 08 13 07:30 am Link