A pressing question of great import:
What, precisely, defines “Classic Rock”?
I ask because 102.9 WMGK, “Philly’s ‘only’ Classic Rock station” plays many, many things I wouldn’t classify as “classic,” let alone “rock.” For instance, while Lynard Skynard and Led Zeppelin clearly meet the requirements, Stevie Nicks’ solo work doesn’t, nor does Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Teach Your Children”, neither does any of Simon & Garfunkel’s vast catalogue of work. I also enjoy The Cars’ “Just What I Needed”, but it’s, you know, 80’s pop, which is a far cry from classic or rock.
Is “classic” measured on a sliding scale? Does anything older than 20 years or so automatically fit into this category? For instance, does early U2 fit into the definition? Or is classic rock (as I see it) a fixed point in musical space, much the same as “big band”, “swing”, “motown”, “grunge”, “oldies”, etc.?
What ever happened to the guitar solo?