Explaining Classic Rock Bands to Kids


Black Sabbath

You know the kids in school that wear all black and watch movies about zombies? If they were alive in the '60s, this would have been their favorite group. Most of it is pretty goth, I guess, but the songs are sometimes about God actually. Don't let that turn you off. The guitarist was missing the tip of his finger, too.

(See also: Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, MC5)


Ted Nugent

How did this guy get on this list? You know that friend of your dad's that always spams everyone's Facebook feed with pictures of Barack Obama in clown makeup or a turban? This is his favorite dude. He's like his pretend boyfriend. It's crazy.

(See also: Black Oak Arkansas, Hank Williams Jr.)

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a-ramak
a-ramak

Hey Craig, what would you tell your kids about Journey?

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

The blog post that launched a thousand debates.  Seems like just another list, but the 'introducing classic rock to a kid' spin is cool.

 

Might start with 'Rocket 88', the Sun catalog, old time Gospel, then move through Buddy Holly to the lull before the Beatles (Paul Anka, et al) ... but that's just another route to take.

 

Nice Friday topic - Thanks.

colby.a.louis
colby.a.louis

I would like to express my gratitude for the tactical absence of bands like Boston, Golden Earring, RamJam and the Mick Jagger solo stuff. Kids don't need to know about that.

 

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Not blessed with kids, (and having a terminal allergy to the adoption process) I truly enjoy the experiences of other parents. I live next to a cat old enough to remember being too broke to go to Beatles/LedZep/Jimi shows. His teen kid raids the LP box and quizzes him on the music. That was me with the old man's books, (not magazines, trust) and I grew up reading Hemingway, Faulkner & Sinclair. I believe there's not a lot of explanation needed. Your kids want to know what you are/were into and they'll "get" the music or they won't and no amount of explanation will make a difference. Fun article, Mr. Hlavaty.

WraithofKhan
WraithofKhan

@hprocksoff I try to do this with my kids. Actually was working on female rock musicians to share with my daughter.

wildheartrocks
wildheartrocks

@WraithofKhan I could totally help you with that one: Heart, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Kim Gordon, No Doubt, Christine McVie etc etc etc.

christinalynn
christinalynn

 @a-ramak mine? Greatest female-fronted rock band ever. Now what would he say about Stevie Nicks' solo work is what I wanna know!

wildheartrocks
wildheartrocks

@WraithofKhan I'd also recommend Kate bush and Florence and the machine

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