Monday, August 16, 2010

Digging in the Crates

this is pretty good short essay from Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic on why Andy Rooney doesn't know music. A friend of mine in college would always argue with me about music, I was into anything outside the mainstream and he was into classic rock. All of our arguments ended the same way - I could talk about any band he knew of, but he could never talk about bands I knew of. Ta-Nehisi breaks it down - "Whatever you think of the music, no self-respecting hip-hop head, at that time, could ever get away with saying, "Man, I don't be listening to no Ella Fitzgerald!" Your friends would have looked at you like you were crazy. Knowledge—not the kind of ignorance Rooney evinces here—was prized."

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