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Old 12-22-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Which musicians from our era will be remembered 500 years from now?

I was having a debate with some friends about this. My argument is that The Beatles were the Mozart/Beethoven of the late 20th century (an idea my mom planted in my head years ago), and that they will be the name that people remember from our era 500 years from now.

Somebody said no way, this pop music era will be forgotten in 100 years, Rogers and Hammerstein (Broadway songwriting duo) will be what will be remembered.

I'm curious on your thoughts about this topic.

What kinds of music from the 20th century (include this decade if you like) will have names as big as Mozart or Beethoven have today, 500 years from now? Will any of our musicians be big enough to reach that level? Who will be big and/or good enough to be written about in the history books, or taught in music history classes?

Some other names tossed about include Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Louis Armstrong, Michael Jackson, Elvis, U2.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:36 PM   #2
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Thom Yorke thinks the world will be dead in 500 years and NSW thinks his cousin will return by that time, so I dub this discussion irrelevant.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:41 PM   #3
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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It's nearly impossible to come up with an answer for 500 years. 50 would make for an interesting discussion, though. I've actually had this conversation with a few people, even though it was under the guise of "who will we be trying to get our children into 20-30 years from now" instead. I think you'll find many young people who are crazy about the Beatles got that characteristic from one or both parents, so wondering who I might try to pass along is an interesting idea.

As far as being a cultural touchstone into the future, well after they've disbanded and members are old and/or dead, Radiohead is a pretty obvious choice.
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We don't even know if Mozart/Beethoven will be remembered in another 250 years. But interesting topic, nonetheless.

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It's nearly impossible to come up with an answer for 500 years. 50 would make for an interesting discussion, though.
Exactly, that's what I was getting at. 500 years is mind-boggling. 50 - 100 years is a little more realistic to speculate on.
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I agree with Thom Yorke.

At best, people will be knocking stones and pieces of wood together for music.
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None. No musicians from this century or the last with be remembered by most people other then social scientists and those with a deep interest in this period of human history. It's important to consider that significant human populations will be living on extraterrestrial bodies like the moon, Mars and so on. Such populations will likely embrace their own cultural identity where Earth's past isn't a major influence on every day life.
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And maybe a Brokencyde song or two will survive. Probably mistakenly credited to "The Radio Heads" though.
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