Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kennedy Center Honors Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend

What? The two surviving members of the Who were Kennedy Center honorees this year? My teen-age icons of rebellion? This story confirms it, and notes that they weren't the first British rock stars to be so honored - Elton John was a recipient a few years ago, but then I never had my father tell me I was shaking the house by playing "Your Song" too loud when I was fourteen.

This White House photo and press release shows all the recipients this year. George Jones was the one deserving musician who received the honors this year.

I will never be able to listen to their music the same. How can I ever sing along again with:
We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
But next month I can still take to heart the final lines of what is still the greatest rock anthem ever:
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
And I guess since they've become so establishment now just like any old fogies, this serves as official notice that we can rebel against them.

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