Why Rolling Stone is Rolling Stone

We all think of music as important, transcendent. And so it should be. Music helps those of us with heroin addictions, writers block or any kind of ‘block’, music for the doom and gloom days of waiting for your grandma to pick you up from school and so on. Something, unfortunately, that a lot of us forget about or push to the side for the new stuff is the classics. You know, the Stones, Marley and the rest. New music is there for a reason, but the 50 best artists of all time is something else. Because the Rolling Stone can, they compiled The Immortals: The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time.

You need to check this out, not only to read about the big obvious guys: The Beatles, Hendrix, Zeppelin and Dylan even though they are all (clearly) vital, but to read about the classics written by soon-to-be classics. All the compiled articles are succinctly written by artists such as Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Rick Rubin, Marilyn Manson, Tom Penny, Iggy Pop, Chris Martin and so forth. You see, this is artist on artist delving into what music is for all of them. It’s surely not a waste of time, because next time you find yourself around the dinner table with Uncle Bob loaded on beverages, you can keep pace with him as he reminisces a better day. Or at least you will understand what he is yammering on about.

-R.

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