Why Is Classic Rock As Big As Ever?

Why were the Stones and Springsteen seemingly bigger than ever this year? Because, according to this writer, we crave fixed truth in troubled times: ‘What unites all these acts is certainty. Not lyrical certainty – a blind optimism in the face of overwhelming misery – but musical certainty. From the Stones, through Springsteen, through the Roses and the Smiths, there is a musical confidence that brooks no argument: this is how we are, and we are not going to analyze ourselves or question our own motives.’

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