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Tonårens ödeland: En av mänsklighetens stora revolutioner speglad genom The Who’s Baba O’Rileys

Av Hampus Östh Gustafsson

The Who. Foto: RCA Records
The Who. Foto: RCA Records

The torture we put these poor guys through, when you think of it now. My father, Bruce’s father—these poor guys, they never had a chance. There was no precedent for us, none, in history, for their sons to become these long-haired freaks who didn’t want to participate in the world they built for them. Can you imagine? It was the World War Two generation. They built the suburbs. What gratitude did we have? We’re, like, ‘Fuck you! We’re gonna look like girls, and we’re gonna do drugs, and we’re gonna play crazy rock and roll!’

Så citeras E Street Band-gitarristen Steve van Zandt i en artikel av David Remnick i The New Yorker från förra året. Han sätter fingret på ett fenomen som inte alltid uppmärksammats så som det borde.