- May 11, 2017
- Posted by: Phil Block
- Category: Music
Millennials and GenXers, go away. This post is dedicated to Baby Boomer music, which you never had the opportunity to enjoy and embrace in your youth like members of my generation did. The pop music artists and groups of the 1960s and ’70s produced the best music of my lifetime. Forget the Big Bands of the ’40s, Country, New Age, Rap, Soul, British Invasion, Punk, Bubble Gum Rock, Disco, and all the other lesser musical genres that have come and gone over the decades of my existence. American groups like Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, The Four Seasons, The Mamas and The Papas, and many more created the true Classical music of my generation. Long live the “Oldies” radio stations that still play the music my generation grew up with.
The hairy gentleman above the word “Mother’s” in the picture above is Frank Zappa. I got this photo off of Facebook, and freely admit that it’s not mine. But it’s too good not to share. My apologies to whoever created this and claims copyright ownership of the image. The other gentlemen in the photo are members of his group, The Mothers of Invention. Their work was totally weird, but genuinely unique at the time. If you are old enough, you may recall their most famous album, Freak Out. I must humbly confess to having enjoyed this band and their music at the height of its popularity, and still possess their vinyl LP albums that I bought back in the day.
If you think you’re up to it, you can get a brief taste of Frank Zappa’s artistry here. Happy Mother’s Day!