Rock music is now a senior citizen, having passed its 65th birthday after starting in the mid-1950s. “Rock On” celebrates this milestone with performances by veterans who’ve passed this age themselves, including Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, Patti Smith, and Jorma Kaukonen. Also featured are vintage clips by greats who made some of their most amazing musical statements in middle age or later, from Pete Seeger and Tina Turner to Louis Armstrong. May is Older Americans Month and we salute and treasure these performers who continue to delight us with so much memorable music over the decades.
Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including volumes on the Beatles, the Who, the Velvet Underground, Bob Marley, and 1960s folk-rock, which played a large part in the 1969 Woodstock Festival. He teaches courses on rock history at several Bay Area colleges, including the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State. His next book, to be published by Taschen, is San Francisco: Portrait of a City.
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