Jimmy ‘n’ me. NYC June 2014. The entire interview is below.
What a long fun trip it’s been. Four episodes ago, rock and roll was born in the U.S.A. The 1950s gave way to the British Invasion, inspiring countless kids to pick up their guitars and play making way for more of what we’d come to know as ‘Classic Rock’. Into the 70’s, the 80’s … I’m Jeff Woods, now with Part 5 of the Evolution of Classic Rock – The 90s to Now.
So this “Classic Rock”. The broad term, popularized in the 80s in the States first, a radio format that starts when the Beatles and Dylan were just getting to know one another – mid 60s.
Now nobody disputes the relevance of 60s 70s and 80s in all of this, but there are those among us whose music collection ended suddenly without warning. I mean 25 years have passed since the break of the 90s. And since then, slowwwwly radio has cracked the door, and let more bands into the party, too many for some, not enough for others, and some people (Look, it’s Gene Simmons!) would have you think that rock is dead. ‘Course he’s dead wrong. You just have dig a little. Busy world. Kids, jobs, distractions, life.
And while we wandered about amidst the fashion wasteland that was the 1980’s, with its acid washed jeans and shorty-longback haircuts, who could have predicted what was on the horizon? A revolution of sorts. Join me this weekend as we dig in on the season (14) finale of The Legends of Classic Rock.
I’ll follow it with a summer of the best hour-long episodes from the last year while I’m doing research at beach resorts and going to ‘The Party’.
Thanks for listening. Please tell your friends about ‘Legends’ the radio show. I’ll owe you a beverage, or something.