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90s: The Golden Age of Music?

AKIE BERMISS: I should make it clear from the outset that it is not my position that the 90s was THE golden age of music. Just perhaps one of many golden mini-eras that come and go with the tides. And I should also make it clear that there is very little scientific evidence to back up the arguments I am going to presently make. What follows is, rather, a pseudo-scholarly attempt to draw up a basic outline of musical trends in the last half century or so.

I speak, of course, of music. Of the last great golden age of music: the 90s. But not as an isolated incident, rather, as a the most recent evidence of a decidedly unproven trend of artistic flowering under a Democratic presidency. It seems curious to me that we can so often think of artistic artifacts as being simply art’s domain when, in fact, we all know that outward influences are always at play. That often art is a sign of the times. Or art can act as a cultural and societal artifact as potently as an “artistic” one. Certainly anthropologists look to art in order to gauge the tenor and timbre of a civilization. Why shouldn’t we (albeit on a more micro-level)?

STEPHON JOHNSON: While the 90′s could be considered last real golden age for music, the way music was consumed and experienced back then might cloud our judgement of the decade. Continue reading

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Ben Harper

AKIE BERMISS: I think that in all honesty, the music speaks for itself. And the music is pretty horrible. Its not out-and-out bad, its not unprofessionally recorded or performed — its just mediocre. And I have a real serious personal problem with celebrating mediocrity.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Yes, it’s immature and we’ve all fallen victim to it, but seeing this kid wearing the band’s t-shirt immediately trained me to dislike Ben Harper based strictly on the type of people his music attracts.

DAVE TOMAR: Superficial, sensitive and stupid, Ben Harper is the musical equivalent of Ben Affleck. Continue reading

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