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What were you favourite bands when you were a kid or a teenager? What do you think that says about you and your community?

The TEDsters were born in different eras, different places all over the world.

What music you chose, why you do it and what that expresses says a lot about the person, the times, the moral paradigm and political landscape.

Music has always been an integral part of my life. I've been a goth, an emo, a rock-girl, a punk and more, both listening and making music, depending on the period. Some bands that have influenced me are still a good reference, some of them are just a sentimental insight.

Back to the question - what music did you chose when you were young and what do you think it says about the times, the community you grew up in and you yourself, as a person?

In other words - some like Iron Maiden, some like U2, some like other bands, some like everything, some do not. Why do you think that is?

All replies and comments are welcome.


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  • Jul 19 2013: I always ask people, what bands were your bands when you were 18? It always seemed to me
    that at that age, you were in the prime of your rock and roll. When I was 18, in 1978, I dubbed
    my official favorite bands Genesis, Yes, and Jethro Tull. I grew up in upstate New York, in the
    country. When I was pre-teen, I listened to AM radio, Cousin Brucie. I bought 45RPM records
    at the department store. When I was around 8, in 1968, my parents bought me a monophonic
    green hard plastic record player with a flip top. It was my machine. They bought me an LP by
    The New Seekers to go with it. My parents were liberals, they marched on the Vietnam War
    in DC. They were Unitarians. I speak of them in the past tense; they're still here. They knew,
    and know, Pete Seeger. I didn't like The New Seekers. I liked The Beatles. I bought
    45s of Can't Buy Me Love and She's a Woman. The first two LPs I bought, to my parents
    chagrin (They evidently weren't all that liberal) were Who's Next by The Who, the band
    overtly pissing on some Stonehenge-like rocks on the cover, and The Slider by T Rex.
    Not very wholesome stuff. And I'm sure the third LP I bought was Janis Joplin, Pearl.
    So years later I ended up with stereo Hi Fi, and found Genesis, Yes, and Jethro Tull.
    I saw Genesis 8 times. I can list the album tours and venues. I saw Jethro Tull five times,
    I saw Yes six times. I saw Emerson Lake and Palmer at Madsion Square Garden. I saw
    everyone at Madison Square Garden. I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan at The Chance in
    Poughkeepsie, NY. I saw Pink Floyd, the Animals tour, at Madison Square Garden.
    I saw Cheap Trick. I saw Cindy Lauper. I saw Peter Gabriel three times. So eventually,
    I got a lot older. But I still listen to what people listen to when they're 18 now.
    I'm a pop music encyclopedist. Recently I've found, and seen live, Carney,
    April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Sondre Lerche, and Tally Hall.
    Tally Hall is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Check them out. I always loved Madonna.
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      Jul 19 2013: Thanks, Chris!

      I liked Genesis too, still like it. I don't think that being in the prime of rock&roll is at 18 though, rock&roll is in your heart, independent of age ;-)

      Best wishes.
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      Jul 20 2013: Wow Chris! very nice history.
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      Aug 3 2013: You must have listened to WNEW-FM!

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