[Guest blog from Scott: I thought he found an interesting connection at the end].
I bought a Metallica T-shirt today, it's an odd thing for a grown man to do (unless of course it's a concert T-shirt) but I couldn't resist, I've recently rediscovered the awesomeness of ...And Justice For All and it just so happenned to be an ....And Justice For AllT-shirt reasonably priced at 10 dollars. Here's the weird part... I bought it at JC Penney's. This is a recent trend I've noticed: retail chains are selling these oldish rock band T-shirts as fashion. Some places, like Target, label them as 'vintage rock shirts' which is fairly cringe-worthy but, at Penney, the sale sign said 'novelty rock T-shirts' Really? Novelty? I remember when wearing the T-shirt of a band was a sort of showing of loyalty to that band's music; a way of saying, "Yes, I am a fan of this band." I've seen students of mine wearing these T-shirts and, as I begin asking them about the band, it becomes apparent that they have little or no clue about the bands that they are promoting on their chest. Recently, a student came to class wearing a Who t-shirt and, being a huge Who fan myself, I immediately began to quiz him on what his favorite album was. He didn't have one, in fact, other than "My Generation" it seemed the only Who songs he was aware of were the ones that have been used as CSI theme music.
I've been reading AJ Jacobs The Year of Living Biblically where he discusses the fact that there are many worshippers in the Judeo-Christian faith who continue practicing rituals that they have long since forgotten the meaning for. Is that what this is like? These kids know these bands are cool for some reason but they have no idea first hand of why they're great bands?