The Who, the Stones, The Dead, and Paglia

Camille Paglia likes the Who, my old favorite band, Salon magazine informs me. Salon

Her observations brought to mind something that sprang into my head a few years ago, unbidden, about the basic existential stance by the three greatest rock bands of all time (excepting the Beatles of course.) Here it is:


The Who: What does it all mean?

The Rolling Stones: Who cares what it all means?

The Grateful Dead: We know what it all means.


Speaking of Rock and Roll, did you notice how Paul Krugman in The New York Times a few days ago riffed off a Talking Heads song, Same as it Ever Was, without even mentioning it overtly? Wild, when gray-bearded economists are alluding to the Talking Heads. We’ve come a long way, baby.