"Things They Do Look Awful Cool": Ageing Rock Icons and Contemporary Youth Audiences

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Title "Things They Do Look Awful Cool": Ageing Rock Icons and Contemporary Youth Audiences
Author Bennett, Andy
Journal Name Leisure / Loisir
Editor Erin K. Sharpe and Brett D. Lashua
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Canada
Publisher Wilfred Laurier University Press
Abstract This article addresses the continuing appeal of ageing rock icons, for example, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, for contemporary youth audiences. The article argues that much of the attraction of such artists for young audiences stems from the way in which they are used to position the development—and cultural resonance— of a late‐twentieth‐century rock history (of which young fans have no direct memory or experience). In examining this contention, the article considers the significance of issues such as the relevance of late 1960s and early 1970s rock music in parent‐child relationships, the function of visual media in the historical representation of rock icons in the “post‐digital” age, the significance of classic album and tribute band performances in portraying “freeze‐frame” fashion the work of ageing rock icons, and the function of “classic rock” as the signature tune of a golden age.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14927713.2008.9651410
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Leisure Vol. 32(2), 2008, pp. 259-278. Leisure is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 32
Issue Number 2
Edition NA
Page from 259
Page to 278
ISSN 1492-7713
Date Accessioned 2009-02-24
Date Available 2012-02-09T22:35:38Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22996
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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