Here is Rich Cohen on Charlie Rose last night discussing his new book The Sun and the Moon and The Rolling Stones (with Jeff Glor sitting in for Mr. Rose.)
I quote Mr. Cohen as a follow up to the post I did on Medium called Is Music Dead? in which I asked whether music as a cultural force and an “identity forge” was in decline.
Here’s the way Mr. Cohen sees this development.
“I have a 12 year old son and I was driving with him listening to his music.
And it suddenly occurred to me, this music sucks.
That’s honestly what I thought.
And then I thought, ‘Wait a second, this is probably because I’m old. I’m an old guy.’
Let me do some research and see if I’m right.
And I realized it does kind of suck. That’s the way I thought about it.
And I thought about the way we thought about rock and roll when I was a kid, you would wait for the next record the way the way people now wait for the iPhone.
If it was the right record with the right songs, you had a good chance at having a pretty great summer.
The right record could change your life.
And at some point, that energy, not just of a great band here and there but of a whole movement that was heading somewhere, ended. It died.
And to me personally it ended when Kurt Cobain died. I was working at Rolling Stone and it felt like the air went out of the balloon.
And I thought this thing that was so important, that was to us like a religion, it kinda died. And nobody has stepped back and told the whole story.”
Post script: Thanks to Charlie Rose for the interview portion excerpted here. This remains the intellectual property of Charlie Rose Inc. and is protected by copyright law.