Rolling Stone is at it again.
As if picking out the 500 greatest songs, 500 greatest albums, and 100 greatest artists weren’t argument fodder enough, now the magazine whose masthead motto used to be (cue laugh track) “All the news that fits” and whose motto for the last 25 years has been “All the money we can gets” has created another list to foment bar stool scholarly discussion:
I’m not here to argue (hell, I’m not here at S&R nearly enough these days, but that’s another story). What I propose is this: I’m going to offer a sort of Obama solution – my choices for favorite live album that I associate with each generation: Boomers, Xers, Millenials. I don’t ask that you agree. I suggest that you propose your own choices if they differ from mine.
So here are my picks:
Boomer – The Who: Live at Leeds – The Who was the best live act of the British invasion. This album shows why.
Xer – U2: Rattle and Hum – Even when it borders on sentimental, it’s always sincere – and authentic.
Millenial – Nirvana: Unplugged in New York – There’s only one word that always works when you think about Nirvana – compelling. That comes through even with the amps off.
Given all the deep crises the world faces, I think it’s incumbent on us to fritter away at least a modicum of time on something this important….