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The question of the day returns, this time with a purpose which will not be revealed until later. After lunch. Where a big giant cup of hot steaming coffee with some kind of liquor added into it awaits me.

So, the question:

Is one ever to old to rock and roll?

See here for reference, ponder the questions that arise and I'll have more on the subject when I get back.


Don't be silly. If anybody should know if you could be to old to rock and roll, it would be Mick Jagger.
Of course you might require an oxygen tent after your R'n'R.

No, forget about Mick. Ian Anderson has already asked, and answered, The Question. I think it's time to get a Triumph Bonneville.

So, go, now, and listen to Jethro Tull. It will put your mind at ease. You can thank me later.

How old was William S. Burroughs when he died?

Ever seen a white-haired guy in his sixties trying to dance?

you're never too old to rock 'n' roll, but mick and the boys have definitely eclipsed the age where you should be able to charge an arm and a leg to see 'em.

I think Jethro Tull has the answer in one of their lamer mid-70s concept albums (Too Old To Rock n' Roll, Too Young To Die), if you can navigate through all of the hybrid Shit Rock / Pretentious Rock hurdles that await.

It's not a matter of age, some people just get too lame to rock and roll. Johnny Cash rocked harder in the last six months of his life than most musicians half his age, ie Metallica.

I will be too old to rock and roll when they put me in that pine box. And then, I will ask St Peter for directions to the best jam session.

I moved to Country.

Short - No

Cynical - Define "rock-and-roll". Note that the only example of new, original music among the albums listed is Van Morrison's, and I'd put him more in the realm of blue-eyed soul (assuming I had a gun to my head and was forced to do such brash categorization).

Longer - Yes, as we age it is rarer and rarer to find a contemporary with the same combination of youthful energy, naivite, nihlism, optimism, cynicism and adventure that I feel comprise the spirit of rock-and-roll, but those feelings and memories are still in there for any of us who have really felt it before, and they can be awoken with the right medicine.

Too old to rock and roll? Must be in the grave. As Yosarian said "He's dead. You don't get any older than that."

"Too old to rock and roll" is a young person's perspective.

Fuck 'em. Rock or don't rock according to your proclivities, rather than your age. If I want to gyrate embarrassingly to The White Stripes while riding on the bus, that's my problem.

So I do. I get odd looks once in a while, but I have a good time.

Jim Fusilli is talking out his hat. People who want to discover new music will be able to find it. I've found it through scanning the radio dial, paying attention at times to MTV and their ilk, and hanging out with college students (I'm a teacher, after all) - but then, I'm only 35, a babe by his standards, no doubt.

Sounds like he wants to have new music catered to him on a silver platter. "Here, Mr. Old Guy, we thought you might like this new music." Well, sorry. When you're too old to go out and investigate new music on your own, THAT'S when you're too old to rock and roll.

No, not in your heart. You should, however, check yourself in the mirror prior to appearing in public outfitted in your Rock 'n Roll attire.

On the upside, (assuming you've invested in something other than Van Halen memorabilia) the older you get the better you can "afford your rock 'n roll lifestyle".

I'm 28, and I still feel the occasional urge to rock out with my cock out. In fact, I think I may do that right now. To rock out with one's cock out is, in my opinion, the only true way to rock out.

Broadcast (music)radio is dead, it just hasn't stopped twitching. Napster killed it, and that's what freaks the labels out. The RIAA may have wreaked vengence on the original Napster, but that doesn't change the facts on the ground. From here on out, it's Brittany-clones pitching Pepsi to the dwindling demographic of the technology-challened.

KCRW and other internet-savvy music providers are the future. Radio@Netscape Plus (formerly Spinner) keeps me sane some days.

Fearless prediction. Talk radio starts dying when some smart radio-trained blogger begins streaming audio commentary (and taking callers) rather than relying on typed comments. Yo, Lileks, do you read this site?

Speaking for myself, I'll be rocking til the day I die. I've always been passionate about rock & roll, but it's taken on renewed, even greater significance for me since my racing career went into mothballs.

What has me really excited is that there are so many new bands out there right now that play the sort of music I love. Not much of it can be found on broadcast radio or on major labels, but the Internet has given anyone who's willing to spend a little time the opportunity to seek out the specific type of music you like. For me, rock & roll music should be loud, fast, fun and free of self-conscious irony (hipsters are the bane of my existence).

There are plenty of bands around right now that fit that description perfectly for me. A lot of them are either all-female or have female members - for whatever reason, male bands generally seem much more drawn to the hipsterism I despise so much.

Current faves for me include:
The Eyeliners
The Groovie Ghoulies
The Donnas

There are plenty of other fantastic bands out there - Michele probably wouldn't appreciate it if I tried to name any more of them. As far as I'm concerned, this is a renaissance period for rock & roll. In addition to all the new bands, veteran greats like Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, The Rolling Stones, The Go-Go's and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are all back together and touring the countryside. And there are even a number of very good local bands here in Oklahoma right now.

I've probably been to more shows in the past couple of years than I had been to in all my years prior. All I know is, I'm gonna enjoy this ride as long as it lasts.

Long live rock and roll!! I'm 46, older than dirt I know, but still rocking strong, dancing all night long, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Eh. I moved on to classical; the women are cuter, have fewer tatoos, and, overall, smell much, much better than rock chicks. Really.

No, unless your Grace Slick. She got too old. Look at Ozzy, Neil Young, The Stones, ect. because they seem to be doing well. Rod Stewart, what the hell is going on there? What would Hendrix be doing if he were still alive? Oh, and my prediction for Van Halen, they will reunite with Sammy Hagar within a year, trust me on this one.

Sheryl Crow is still out there, so hey.

Never too old, but you certainly change HOW you RnR. I do it with earplugs and a lot less alcohol than I used to.

I dunno. I've been listening to a lot of Big Band, Swing, Jazz, and Classical lately. But really, I was always too old to rock 'n' roll.

Joe asks: "What would Hendrix be doing if he were still alive?"

Answer: Trying like hell to scratch his way out of the coffin.


Is this thing on?

It's not the years, but the miles to count when deciding whether R&R means rock&roll or rest&relaxation.

When you've "fallen and can't get up".

I play in two bands, and I'm 44. Our rule of thumb: If more than 7 girls in their 20s and 30s get up and dance with each other when you fire up "Woolly Bully", "Mustang Sally", or "Surrender", then you ain't too old to rock and roll.

But you do have to look up at the lights or something. Or you will forget your lyrics.

huh-huh. old people.

too old?? no. I'll be rockin' out with heavy metal all the way to my deathbed. I'll prolly have some classic Megadeth or Metallica playing on it too.

I agree with one of your commentors.... Jim Fusilli wants it giftwrapped and left on his computer chair. Make an effort and you find plenty of great music out there. It's just hidden from the mainstream... which may or may not be a good thing.... but that's a whole nother comment.