Craig Anderton, Editor of EQ Magazine, recently wrote an editorial titled "IS BEING A MUSICIAN STILL COOL?" He writes:
"What got me thinking about this were some recent threads about music in the 60s. But they made me reflect not on the music, but the musicians. If you could play, and were playing even locally, you were cool. If you were a guy, women would zero in on you. Parents would be afraid of you. And walking around with a guitar was the equivalent of driving around in a status car today. Musicians were often paid well for gigs, because it was considered not just a job, but a relatively glamorous one, requiring a mixture of skill and charisma....Being a musician was certainly cool. The girls (or boys) would flock to musicians, there were plenty of gigs, musicians were trend-setters, on the cutting edge, rebels and concerned about social issues.
But now focus on the mainstream. Are the Red Hot Chili Peppers cool? Is Shakira, or Nelly Furtado? Or are they really just dancing bears for our entertainment?
Or take groups that once were cool…which the Police definitely were. But are they cool today? Respected, probably; but I don’t know about cool.
So who is cool? Paris Hilton? Brad Pitt? Barack Obama? Steve Jobs? Simon Cowell? Trent Reznor? But remember, I’m not asking about heroes or “Train Wrecks of Interest,” I’m asking about who’s cool. Like Miles Davis, James Dean, John Lennon, or even (yes, they were at one point) the Duran Duran school of cool."
But, as Craig Anderton alludes to, has this changed? Are musicians being cool as "passé as tail fins on cars, Studio 54, and prog rock?" Are musicians as cool as they once were? If not, who and what is cool today?