Stone the crows, here's yet another piece on retroculture - this time by Quietus-man Luke Turner, writing for New Statesman.
It bears the headline: "Macca and the Stones? The past has a death grip on our culture" and it starts by noting that "if you include the holograms, this week nine musicians with a combined age of 686 – Paul McCartney, Elton John, the Rolling Stones and ABBA – are once again the biggest cultural news in the UK"
Amusingly, Turner notes right near the top of the piece that "to attack nostalgia is nothing new. More than a decade ago, the critic Simon Reynolds published Retromania, an incisive look at a musical culture that seemed to wallow in ironic takes on the past rather than aspiring to anything fresh." Mark Fisher gets his due props too.
But Turner wants to have it both ways - see things from the viewpoint of the ahistorical young, "for whom it is all new, right now" and who feast on the atemporal banquet of streaming blahblahblah.
He wants to be negative and positive simultaneously (difficult trick) and so as well as complaining about rockpop's gerontocratic oliogopoly and their full-spectrum dominance of the attention economy, he also points to new shoots of growth - small but teeming shocks-of-new still out there to be found (the kind of thing covered in the Quietus - the New Weird this or that).
I sympathise: nobody wants to be the old grouch if they can help it.