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Thread #77597 Message #1388725
Posted By: Little Hawk
25-Jan-05 - 11:26 PM
Thread Name: If You Were There...The Sixties
Subject: RE: If You Were There...The Sixties
I wasn't drawn that much to people like Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison or Hendrix, cos their obvious self-destructive streak didn't attract me. I notice that the people I was drawn to...Baez, Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ian & Sylvia Tyson, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Al Stewart, Jackson Browne, Neil Young...have all turned out to be consummate survivors...despite Neil's saying "better to burn out than to fade away" in that song "My, My, Hey, Hey".
I basically like hanging out with thinkers, not partiers, so I guess that pretty well explains it.
But I do appreciate, in retrospect, the groundbreaking, revolutionary music that Joplin, Morrison, and Hendrix made. They'd sort of be in the 2nd echelon of musicians that interested me back then.
The thinking musician who died young was Lennon, but he did not pull the trigger. That's the difference. Really self-destructive people give me the creeps.