Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Kids Are All Right

Today's teenagers are turning more and more to classic rock, reports Rolling Stone.

Nine percent of kids ages twelve to seventeen listened to classic-rock radio in any given week in 2005 -- marking a small but significant increase during the past three years -- with a total of 2.3 million teens tuning in each week, according to the radio-ratings company Arbitron. And some markets have seen more dramatic growth: Teen listenership at New York's Q104.3, the nation's largest classic-rock station, has jumped twenty percent since fall 2002.

I myself caught the classic-rock bug in eighth, ninth, and tenth grades in the mid-1990s. My music collection still bears the mark: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, CCR, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, and even Deep Purple. I had always been most interested in Pink Floyd, which prepared me to make the transition into synth-pop, and when I discovered Depeche Mode, I moved on and scarcely looked back. I still very occasionally listen to some of the classic-rock greats but not with anything like regularity.

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