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One would think that at age fifty, a rockstar would be wheeled off to Quiet The Racket, a retirement home for those former hellraisers who have gone past their peak and are certifiably over the hill. And in that peaceful place they would fade into quiet obscurity.Yes, this should happen in a perfect world;but we know that just as our excursion into la-la land was pretty fantastic,so is the notion that this world is perfect.This must be the reason that there are so many performers of the musical persuasion in the news lately.
While most of the news is of a morose nature,there are still some juicy,tabloid worthy tidbits. Take John Entwistle's drug crazed sex romp and heart attack with a stripper in Sin City or Pete Townshend's supposed attraction to the little ones (and I don't mean the vertically challenged) for example. Who would ever imagine Pete Townshend to be Humbert Humbert in the flesh or John Entwistle to be a lecherous,cocaine sniffing senior?I know I wouldn't because in a weird way, I feel close to them.
For years they were my avatars,my counselors, and my friends.In my rock and roll fantasy,they were like gods, and I was a faithful disciple who always kept the hearth burning and the wine flowing. The music they made with The Who was the soundtrack to my life and like Jimmy from Quadrophenia, each member of The Who embodied a part of my personality. Keith was the mad man that hid in the darkest recesses of my psyche;Roger was who I aspired to be like in those realms related to physical and sexual attraction ;Through his silence, John was the perfect role model because he could be silent and loud simulataneously and therefore a very Machiavellian adversary; and Pete---Pete was the sometimes lonely,oftentimes confused and hypocritical,but mostly misunderstood part of me.
It always hurts when reality hits you on the head. Well, my head is bruised and aching now. because Keith and John died in true rockstar form;Pete is having legal troubles;and Roger has well---no disrespect to farmers or their daughters--- turned into a sturdy yeoman. I know I am too old to be disilusioned;but I must admit that I feel slightly betrayed by these people who in my immature,innocent mind, were deified;but as I said, I only feel slightly betrayed. Now that I'm a big girl, I know that forgiveness is the key to growth. I also know that the members of The Who are fallible humans even as I am. And if the quality of mercy is not strained, I'm not ready to give Shylock a pound of my flesh;because for better or for worse, The Who will always be a part of myself; and as long as I live, I will continue to preach their rock and roll gospel.

"Rock is dead,they say;long live rock."-Pete Townshend.



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The following comments are for "Long Live Rock"
by tiffanyorr

Who are you?
I said who the f*** are you? I loved this, Tiff. You're so right about those guys, superhuman, yet oh so human. I give it a ten. "The hypnotized never lie, do ya?" ole quote dropper me.

( Posted by: ogg [Member] On: August 13, 2003 )

Agreeing with Ogg
Tiffany~

Excellent little opinion piece you have here. You've done a good job of showing the failings of idolizing anyone, in the media eye or not. People are just that, people celebrity and talent doesn't change that fact. Excellent reference to the Merchant of Venice by the way. I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading more of your work.

~Bart

( Posted by: Bartleby [Member] On: August 13, 2003 )

old rockers
Hehe. Well, I guess I've always been too much of a cynic to follow any sort of celebrity like that, but I enjoyed this little rant all the same - it sounds like it comes from very close to the heart.

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: August 13, 2003 )





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