Elder Statesmen of Shut the Hell Up

Note: Part Two of the previous article will be up as soon as I get all my interview e-mails back and write the damn thing. So I present this one because it’s short and the subject annoys me.

Okay, this is for the following magazines and/or networks:

  • Rolling Stone
  • Spin
  • vh1
  • MTV
  • Blender
  • Revolver

I am sick and tired of the phrase “Elder Statesmen of Rock.” So far it has been applied to Metallica, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., U2, Pearl Jam, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and probably dozens of others. I’m sure Conor Oberst is up for a nomination for Elder Statesman in the near future, and he’s only in his 20s.

But here’s the thing. It’s rock and roll. It’s not supposed to have elder statesmen. Is it possible to be older than 30 and successful in rock without that stupid collection of words? Can’t we think of a better turn of phrase? I submit that the aforementioned magazines and networks are being lazy (well, lazier than normal.) I realize that music journalism is essentially shoegazing at this point anyway, dying a slow death alongside the industry, but can we please, PLEASE come up with something different?

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