Re: Who's Your Top Five Greatest Artists of All Time? (Music)
I suspect that in 200-500 years most of the 20th century ultrafamous Western musical artists will be forgotten and irrelevant, and this comes from someone who devoted most of his twenties to playing rock music. Duke Ellington and George Gershwin may be exceptions. Frank Zappa might get rediscovered because he was so prolific and his work was so varied (and often great).
The good lyricists will probably be appreciated: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell. I'm not a big Bob Dylan fan, but he clearly strikes a chord with people.
Edit: I may have neglected late 20th century musical theater. Sondheim's musicals will probably be performed in 500 years, even if it's only among the elites (sort of how there's a high $$$ niche market for opera now). It's not my bag, but the same would probably go for Lloyd-Weber.
How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids
Last edited by cincinnati chili; 08-21-2011 at 03:51 PM.