Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Not long ago, I mentioned Jerry Lee Lewis in a conversation with some of my staff, and one of the servers (in her early 20s) asked, "You mean the guy who does the telethon?" I burned her a CD. Last year, similar situation, different person, didn't know who Bob Dylan is. Bob Dylan! Icon! Detritus.
Everything is forgotten eventually, but so soon? The source of the whole "underrated" thing is what people don't know, what the culture at large is beginning to forget.
We are fortunate to live in an obsessively recorded age. We have photos, video and audio recordings, and writing of all sorts, preserved on paper and microfilm and Web archives and electronic media. That doesn’t mean we’re any more narcissistic than our ancestors, just that we have more advanced technology. If the Victorians had had cell phone cameras, we would have goofy candid movies of them. …