Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be and neither is rock. In a sense, rock today is even more what it used to be while nostalgia, especially nostalgia about rock music, has changed so much that it deserves a new name. It once referred to direct experience; now it is mainly a cultural construction, so it would be more precise to refer to it as cultural nostalgia. Both nostalgia and rock have had their own histories, the first as old as the human past itself, and, the second inaugurated in the middle of the last century.
The relationship between nostalgia and rock has flipped – originally nostalgia was often influenced by rock, whereas today rock is impelled by nostalgia’s new incarnation. The following discussion traces the conjunction of rock and nostalgia in terms of a general (post-modern) cultural analysis and its social-structural grounds.
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