Classic Rock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Before the Punk Rock and Grudge Rock that came with Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, and Blink 182
Before the head banging music of Nirvana and Pearl Jam,
And even before the vibrant and explosive

Guns ‘N’ Roses and Bon Jovi
There was a different style of Rock,
A more open, animated, a more emotional kind.
Many people today have forgotten this Rock,
They are caught up in the dance, hip-hop, and rap from the ’80s, ’90s and the present
Styles of tune they call music.
But many people still hold the albums, CDs, and records in their libraries or dens
By the brilliant artists of
The ’60s and ’70s, and sometimes early ’80s.
Hopefully we will never throw away our

remembrance of those
Who created music using only guitars, drums,

pianos and words.
It is remembered as Classic Rock.
But there is more to Classic Rock than just the

music; there are also the people who made it.
Jim Morrison and The Doors mixed magical

poetry and their psychedelic aura,
The creative and colorful rocking of Led Zeppelin will leave a distinguished trail forever,
It’s “More Than A Feeling” when you listen to Boston, as well as the
Classic songs of Kansas, and the marching

band-character-like music of Chicago.
Nothing can match the dynamic sound of

Electric Light Orchestra,
Or the mystifying, mysterious, subliminal

messages in the compositions of Pink Floyd.
George Thorogood and his Destroyers projected their “Bad to the Bone” style rock with
Their teeth-gritting electric guitar and his renowned harmonica,
But Peter Frampton’s and the great Santana’s crushing air guitar skills are those
Of which the likes have never been seen ... or heard.
But let us not forget classics
Such as the overwhelming and towering emotion, spirit, and compassion through the
Music of the brilliant Freddie Mercury and Queen,
Or the catchy, uplifting tunes of The Rolling Stones - Jethro Tull - Steppenwolf - Eagles -

it goes on.
And only two bands held, could grasp, and hold on to true country rock: The great
Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers.
Finally ... yet not finally ... how could we forget arguably the two
Greatest songwriters of all time: the Bob Dylan ... and Paul McCartney
And the Beatles.

These are just some of the pioneers of Classic Rock history,
The Cream of the Crop, the Best of the Best.
Some of these great bands have passed on,
Some still exist, trying to relive great memories.
Each and every one has made a legacy for

And hopefully, we will never forget
Any one of them.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 10 at 7:12 pm
i love this so much!
classicrocker22 said...
Jun. 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Wow! Finally! Someone to speak the true meaning of classic rock, I am highly impressed!  You've just written waht I've been trying to say for,... well for ever!


songofheaven said...
May 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm
I agree wholeheartedly with your statement. And, it was a thousand times harder to record back then. They called it analog recording. You needed to overdub different instruments and tapes, and time it just perfectly. Now, there are digital recorders with several synth effects available. I wish I was a teenager from 1965-1973! All the best music seemed to emanate from that time period. While the Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber fade away... Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, Jimi Hendr... (more »)
Sunshineyday said...
Mar. 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm
I like most of these bands/ artists! It was really an accomplishment to record a good tune in the 60's and 70's, with all due respect to later artists, this was before synthesizers, or electrical music machines. You had to pray you'd get good session musicians, it was 100 times harder. you really said some good information I hope some readers will discover classic rock now.
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