Little Steven harshes on lack of rock ‘n’ roll spirit

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Steven Van Zandt may have had a sweet ass role on The Sopranos and DJd the awesome Underground Garage show, but now he just sounds old and irrelevant. Because he’s bitter and wants things to be all 1974 again, Little Steven put up a rant, “A Crisis of Craft,” (originally given as a speech at SXSW), on his website.

Pretty much, he wants young bands to play more covers because that’s how you truly learn how to write songs (??). He also says rock ‘n’ roll is cursed by the rise of the single and a push to make rock bands more pop accessible. He says all of this started, you guessed it, at the rise of MTV, like a century ago.

Ok Grandpa, I’ll listen to your old “Beatles” records right after we watch “M.A.S.H.” and talk about “Watergate.” Then I’ll go listen to the latest Kanye single and watch American Idol because that’s all I do. I’m young and ignorant blahblah.


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