Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
I've been reading that Grantland series I linked to earlier in the thread, and the fifth part on Metallica had a fact that just blew me away:
It's not unfair to point out that sales don't mean anything anymore though, Dom. People don't consume music in the same format as they did 20 years ago. Album sales as a whole are significantly down. If the music industry is lucky, people buy songs one at a time online. Most of them are pirated. Others are like me, and consume 90% of their music through online streaming services like Spotify (those don't show up in record sales).
So why is it a Golden Age? Because for $10 per month, I have at my fingertips all music that was ever recorded, including from your beloved 1960s and 1970s, in addition to an infinite amount of music being recorded today. Anybody can record their music. There are no barriers. How awesome is that?
Without question, the manner in which we consume music has its advantages.
The fact remains that much of the older stuff sells just as much as the newer stuff. Go to iTunes, click charts, click rock. People buy the older stuff. And I'm not sure we can say that newer music is consumed differently so this is not a significant point.
By no means do I want to get into a taste contest with you- if this is golden for you, it's golden for you.
And for the record- Zeppelin was just a tad before me. Hated them.
I say this only to point out that they played very little role in my glory days. Duran Duran would have fit that bill for me.
But really listening to Zeppelin has convinced me the golden age was just before I was born. That's my taste, of course. It took getting older to realize Peter Cetera really did ruin Chicago.
Having said that, today's music may be all that and a toaster for you, and I am not trying to take that away from anyone.
I remember in my younger days arguing the hair bands were better than AC/DC. They aren't, of course, but they were for me then.