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My Generation Was a Bit Short Sighted

Magazine article Guitar Player

My Generation Was a Bit Short Sighted

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When it launched the "Don't Trust Anyone Over 30" phrase during the hippie era. It was an excellent call to arms for the nation's youth, but it overlooked the fact that pretty much all the people in power were over 30 years old. This is likely one reason why we're not strutting around in tie-dyed suits and basking in the glories of peace, love, and understanding in the year 2008. Youth had a voice, but it had little influence, and, as a result, the old guard sat nicely comfy throughout the '60s and '70s, and it birthed a new guard with much the same market-driven socio-political ideals that were established post World War II.

The current generation is perhaps a bit more market savvy than the majority of dreamers who endorsed flower power, but, man, they're no better at crafting slogans. Whether the kids are making music, starring in reality TV shows, acting in 20-something films, or dashing out to Starbucks, "Keep It Real" is on their lips and in their hearts, and, even though the phrase is probably aggressively promoted by some media monolith such as MTV, it's as vacant and hopeless as the lame "trust" axiom that I bought into in 1967.

What does this rant have to do with guitar playing or music? Well, the concept of "real"--which, these days, has nothing in common with the word "genuine"--is a co-opted ideology that shares the same commercial arteries as Hot Topic, Sean John, major movie and record companies, automobile ads, and any other entity that sells you stuff. And, even more insidious--it is all about conformity. …

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