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Musical Youth; ageism in the music biz

Exploring the paradoxical and occasionally hilarious subject of ageism in music. Is it better to burn up than it is to fade away? We debate the best time to climb the Stairway to Heaven. Words: Ed Mitchell. 

I recently caught an interview with long dead but eternally brilliant rock journalist Lester Bangs that was shot back in the early 70s. The clip is not that easy to find but it basically documents the self-appointed protector of the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll ridiculing Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones for having the audacity to cavort around onstage… in his 30s.

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