Senryu : Legends

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riffing love and angst
philosophies draped in notes
legends never die

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

My teens and twenties years were accompanied by the beat of my LPs, cassettes, reel-to-reel and CDs.  Music evolved along with the technology used to hear it with. A few years back Rolling Stones magazine asked 55 top musicians, writers and industry executives to pick their top 100 artists who influenced rock and roll.

The top 10 listed were:

  1. Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. The Rolling Stones
  5. Chuck Berry
  6. Jimi Hendrix
  7. James Brown
  8. Little Richard
  9. Aretha Franklin
  10. Ray Charles

Clash, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Bowie and a host of others made the top 100.  Who would be your top 5?

References:

100 Greatest Artists: The Beatles, Eminem and more of the best of the best
Rolling Stone Magazine, December 2, 2010

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19 thoughts on “Senryu : Legends”

    1. I was actually pretty surprised Led Zeppelin came in at #14 on the Rolling Stones list. I would have thought they would have placed higher. Dave Grohl wrote a cool paragraph on Zeppelin for RS
      https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-artists-of-all-time-19691231/led-zeppelin-20110419
      the paragraph ended with “It was coming from four musicians taking music to places it hadn’t been before — it’s like it was coming from somewhere else. That’s why they’re the greatest rock & roll band of all time. It couldn’t have happened any other way.”

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    1. I am surprised Cat Stevens didn’t make the 100 list. He’s had an interesting career. Not many people can take a hiatus of three decades and come back.

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    1. Radiohead made the RS list too at #73. I never listened to them but after reading Dave Matthew’s wonderful paragraph on them, I definitely have to : “Their music talks to you, in a real way. It can take you down a quiet street before it drops a beautiful musical bomb on you. It can build to where you think the whole thing will crumble beneath its own weight — and then Thom Yorke will sing some melody that just cuts your heart out of your chest. There’s a point on the album Kid A where I start feeling claustrophobic, stuck in a barbed-wire jungle — and then I suddenly fall out and I’m sitting by a pool with birds singing. Radiohead can do all of these things in a moment, and it drives me fucking crazy.”
      https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-artists-of-all-time-19691231/radiohead-20110420

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  1. my top 5, not in particular order (that depends on the day). Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dylan, Grateful Dead, Elvis. And of course, so many are left out, even for someone like my whose all time favorite composer is Bach!

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  2. FRANK ZAPPA, WARREN ZEVON, ELTON JOHN, DAVID BOWIE,AIMEE MANN, TORI AMOS, PINK FLOYD, PUSCIFER, NEIL YOUNG, PETER GABRIEL, STEELY DAN, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, TOM PETTY, TRAFFIC, THE WHO, YES, KING CRIMSON, AUDIO SLAVE, PIXIES, NINE INCH NAILS, MELVINS, MATCHBOX TWENTY, LANA DEL RAY, KISS, KEITH URBAN, GARBAGE, FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, THE CULT,

    Ok, I’ll stop now. How does one decide on five? That’s impossible,

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    1. A lot of these made the list too. Some of these I’ve never heard of though. Thank goodness for you-tube. It’s my radio station these days. Making the list:
      #71 Frank Zappa, #49 Elton John, #39 David Bowie, #51 Pink Floyd, #34 Neil Young, #91 Tom Petty, #29, The Who, #94 Nine Inch Nails,

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  3. Among my top favorites are: Pat Benatar, Alan Parsons Project, Pink Floyd (#51), Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks, and Elton John (#49). I loved the music of that era so not surprisingly among my favorite musicals are Moulin Rouge and Mama Mia.

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