Since starting this site, I've begun to take notice of others in the music world who are commenting on how their musical lives change as they move up in years. Saw this from Gerry Hannah of the Canadian punk band Subhumans in the latest (excellent) issue of The Big Takeover
:We were just talking about this...about getting older and how you become invisible. When you're young, you're kind of used to being noticed on some level, and interacted with, but as you get older, you're less and less noticed...you're more like, just a fixture, like a lamppost or something (laughter). It used to be, when we went to shows..it was a community...We're not really in that anymore. We're kind of on the outside looking in.
Interesting stuff. I'm not sure I personally feel that sense of disconnect, but then perhaps I'm just oblivious to it. But Bruce and I did, on some level, know that many people feel that way. I guess that's one of the reasons we built this site -- to address the sense of alienation (or perhaps irrelevance) that Gerry discusses here. (By the way, the rest of the piece is about how Gerry and his crew are still out there kicking ass in front of younger and younger crowds -- so it's clear that he's hardly wallowing in self-pity. He's doing it exactly right: not giving in and always moving forward.)
What are your thoughts about Gerry's comments -- and the issue in general? And how can The Rock and Roll Tribe best be used to improve things?
(PS: if you're not familiar with The Big Takeover
, you really should be. Just a superb music mag. See Heroes of the Tribe: 6 Non-Musicians Who Have Inspired Us to Keep Rocking for our thoughts on the publication's main man, Jack Rabid.)