It’s fitting that when we pulled up this story on NPR’s website, a “Donate” popup appeared. No thanks, we’re overpaying already.

Apparently inspired by the new Beatles documentary from Peter Jackson, Ann Powers wrote a really, really long piece on what makes a rock band.  From thousands of nonsense words, NPR managed to pull this out to feature:

It’s really, really all so tiresome. Powers writes:

The term “band guy” is problematic, though, isn’t it? In 2021 it’s as common for women, trans and nonbinary people to jump into rock’s timestream as it is for men. Yet something continues to infuse the rock mythos with the sweaty-socks scent of conventional, if boyish, masculinity. Whiteness, too. Though plenty of historic examples exist of collaborations among Black performers as intense as The Beatles or as long-standing as Foo Fighters — The Isley Brothers fulfill both goals, for example — rock’s defining narrative still stands alongside others that reflect the historic segregation of Anglo-American social spheres. Band guys stand alongside other heroes of homosocial, mostly segregated histories: astronauts, high school state champions, foxhole dwellers, a rugby scrum.

“… that reflect the historic segregation of Anglo-American social spheres.”

We’re not kidding — this thing is like 10,000 words divided into five sections. Someone put time into this. And got paid for it.


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