Isn't It time: Kennedy Center honors for The Grateful Dead
This has been bothering me ever since I watched President Obama honor Led Zeppelin at Kennedy Center.
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#1 Apr 11, 2013
Not that the Dead ever needed the approval of The Establishment to validate their contribution to the music scene and the world of music, but it's ironic that, given their longevity and crazy number of live performances, devoted followers, and truly unique place in American music that they wouldn't be honored by now. It would be an exercise in stupidity to try to compare and argue which band is more worthy of the Kennedy Center Honor, taste in music being individual, and Zeppelin's contribution truly significant, but suffice to say that to ignore a band that toured extensively for thirty years with a repertoire both drawing from and contributing enormously to the fabric of American music is indicative of how irrelevant the Honors can be.
On a similar note, although I'm an enormous Stone's fan and pleased that these guys are still offering us their energy and music, it frustrates me to hear the over emphasis on their fifty years when they only offered tours once every so many years, while a band like the Dead toured extensively almost every year of their thirty together. It's like bragging on a fifty year anniversary with a spouse that you only had to live with for a few months every few years.
Since: Feb 11
#2 Apr 11, 2013
They won't do it! They know it will bore the shit out of people.
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