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Mount Rockmore

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by GBNF, May 2, 2008.

  1. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    Who belongs on a monument such as Mount Rushmore, and why?
    Only individuals, meaning it can't be The Beatles, Beach Boys, etc. Pick a favorite/most influential from a band if need be...For some bands, it's impossible to pick a best - so leave 'em off if you have to. Preferably stick to musicians, rather than writers/producers, so no Col. Parker, Brian Epstein.

    Mine, in no particular order:

    1) Elvis Presley: Begins and ends with The King. Brought teens into music like never before, and ushered in a new society.
    2) Bob Dylan: Was more than just a singer, but a true artist. His canvas was his guitar, first acoustic, then electric. SA political conscience in a troubled time
    3) Brian Wilson: Thought big picture. Experimented. Subsequently went crazy, but Pet Sounds is the standard.
    4) Janis Joplin: Paved the way for all future female acts. Rough around the edges, but incredibly sweet. Once drank my father under the table in his college radio station.

    There is no right or wrong here, people.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Forget Mount Rockmore. I wanna go to Mount Splashmore... take me, take me, take me, take me, take me NOW
  3. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Chuck Berry
    Elvis Presley
    John Lennon
    Bruce Springsteen
  4. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    I was going to put Chuck Berry on instead of Dylan, but I chickened out.
  5. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    Why Lennon and not McCartney? I'm just getting into the Beatles - was Lennon always the better/dominant one?
  6. Chi City 81

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  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Springsteen out, Bill Haley is in -- even if the origin of R&R is up for debate....

  8. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I like Billie Joe Armstrong. He's probably not on the mainstream list, but he's on mine.
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Short answer - yes.

    My Choices:

    Chuck Berry
    John Lennon
    Elvis Presley
    James Brown

    If we add a fifth it's Dylan. Sixth would probably be Brian Wilson.
  10. Lennon is more cerebral. Whether he's better is a matter of opinion, but I think the Beatles would have done better with Lennon and without McCartney than vice-versa.
    As my boss puts it, Lennon did "Imagine" as a solo artist. McCartney did "Ebony and Ivory."
  11. I think Presley, Berry and Lennon are all virtual locks. They might not be unanimous (only Presley is guaranteed of that, I'd think), but they are certainly consensus.
    That leaves just one spot...hard to choose.
    I'll go with Dylan until I come up with a better answer -- and I'm not even a fan of his.
  12. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Mine is Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Fat Mike (NOFX), Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) and Nick Hexum (311).
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