Then They Came For Boomer Rock


Banned Hipster

Jennifer Finney Boylan, apparently a Trans-Person, says we have to “re-think” classic Boomer rock because a lot of the musicians weren’t particularly good people. For instance, Don McLean, of “American Pie” fame, once pled guilty to domestic violence.

Also, the Rolling Stones Brown Sugar references the slave trade, which isn’t good in the sense of “empowering Black women” but is bad because … whatever.

Can I still love their music if I’m appalled by various events in the lives of Johnny Cash or Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis? Or by Eric Clapton’s racist rants and anti-vaccination activism?

The answer is, “yes.” But no one makes you listen.

Of course, there is no easy answer here.

Yes, there is an easy answer.

For a lot of baby boomers, it’s painful to realize that some of the songs first lodged in our memories in adolescence really need a second look. And…

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