Letters responding to: Why should pop music have to be rebellious?, by Joe Jackson
Joe hit the nail on head. I am just a few months older than him and have many of the same influences. I also work at a university with an online radio station and the kids are playing all kinds of music, from the new stuff to what’s in my collection from back to the 60s. Much of my tastes were shaped by music from the 70s, including Joe’s, the punk and progressive rock as well as Reggae, Ska and real country (not the concrete cowboy crap on the radio).
Blues will not die nor will Jazz as the kids play this too as well as Hendrix, Cajun and Big Band! So rather than the 70s being a wasteland until punk came to save it, I would say quite the opposite, punk came on the scene to destroy rock and pop and just became another piece of the pie.
Ron Thompson, USA