(I drew him on my phone. Why should David Hockney have all the fun?)
Question: When is "classic rock"?
As a teenager back in the 80s, the last time I was listening to classic rock with any regularity, the answer seemed pretty straightforward: It was that stuff from the 60s and 70s.* But as the decades have marched on, the definition has morphed. Now stuff from the 80s is totally fair game. And maybe even a bit of the early 90s. So what can we conclude? Perhaps:
Classic rock is rock that is at least two decades (or so) old.Does that sound about right? But if the end of the classic rock era is moving forward in time, what about the start? If new stuff is being brought into the fold, is old stuff being kicked out, falling off the front end into some even older category? "Oldies"? No, surely Led Zeppellin will always be classic rock. And I think of the term "oldies" as applying more specifically to rock 'n' roll** and other pre-"rock" popular forms. So is the start of classic rock stationary while the end moves forward in time? Will the duration of the classic rock era march relentlessly towards infiniti? Hmm.
* The whole concept of classic rock must have kicked off in the 80s, right? Before that it was just rock. Hmm.
** That's another good question. When did rock 'n' roll morph into just rock? I'd peg it at some time around the British Invasion—Beatles, etc.—when the music became less syncopated and more stadium-centric. Hmm.