encountering statements like this…:

“This is rock for grownups, wholly adult in its musical language and emotional concerns.”

….And knowing that whenever one encounters the phrase “rock for grownups” it will almost certainly involve one college-educated white male praising another college-educated white male (in this case, Terry Teachout, touting the latest solo effort from Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen on his blog, “About Last Night.”)

I like Teachout’s blog and follow it regularly. I’ve got nothing against Fagen.

But sixty years after the slurs against rock for being merely “teen” music (back when few could imagine how far it would outlast Tin Pan Alley) began, the pressing need to reassure the public that one’s own cultish tastes are “adult” is eye-rolling.


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