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My Musical Journey

As someone who recently came out as probably the oldest guy on this site, I figured I might as well do one of these. This might take a while.
1The Monkees
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

1960s -- started with AM radio. Listened to a lot of pop rock, like The Monkees, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
2The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced

Late '60s -- started to get into guitar driven rock, like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin and Santana.
3King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King

Late '60s-early '70s -- Got into my best friend's older brother's record collection, and learned there was so much more out there, like King Crimson, The Who (Tommy), The Mothers of Invention (We're Only In It For The Money) and Procol Harum (Shine On Brightly, with "In Held 'Twas In I").
4Jethro Tull
Thick as a Brick

Mid-'70s -- Got an FM Radio, and started listening to bands like Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Moody Blues, and later Pink Floyd and Yes, and folkier artists like Joni Mitchell, and later, Cat Stevens.
5Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town

Late '70s-Early '80s -- Still listening to '70s rock, like Bruce Springsteen, The Good Rats and Rush, but starting to mix in early New Wave, like Blondie, The Cars and The Police.
6The Go-Go's
Talk Show

Mid-to-late '80s -- never stopped listening to '60s and '70s rock, but most of the new stuff I was listening to now was New Wave, from bands like The Go-Go's, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Squeeze and 'Til Tuesday.

Early '90s - listening to grunge, especially Nirvana, and other things from alternative rock radio, from The Cranberries to Garbage to The Flaming Lips. Also mixing in Celtic and Celtic Rock artists like Black 47.
8Future Bible Heroes
Memories of Love

Mid-to-Late '90s - as radio goes full-on Spice Girls and American Idol, I start listening to college radio, and alternative '80s-influenced bands, like the various projects of Stephin Merritt.
9The Slant
Try This

Late 90s-early '2000s -- I sink further from commercial radio, meet my wife, start managing her band, and wind up totally involved in my local music scene. I'm listening to a lot of different artists in a variety of genres, but my favorites are alternative pop bands like My Favorite, Iridesense, The Basals and This Island Earth, and folk artists like Crystal Rose and Blackmore's Night.

Mid-to-late 2000s -- starting to peek at the national scene again, and to listen to bands like The Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, Paramore and Bayside.
11Foster the People
Sacred Hearts Club

The 2010's -- Largely a blur, because I became an Dad of two older children at the beginning of the decade. I still listened to everything I used to listen to, plus modern alternative bands like Foster the People, Passion Pit and Walk The Moon. And when I feel the need for something a little heavier, sometimes operatic/heroic metal like Nightwish. My kids hate it all.
Endless Forms Most Beautiful

What I listen to today: A lot of '80s influenced alternative rock, with pop hooks and synthesizers; progressive rock that is classical-music influenced or folk influenced (as opposed to jazz influenced); some folk; some Celtic and/or world music; a little bit of heavier guitar-based rock and psychedelic rock (when I can find it); a tiny bit of Americana.

What I don't listen to: hip-hop -- I'm not trying to shit on it, but I just don't relate to it or have any frame of reference for it (although I can take it to a certain extent if it's mixed in with rock); jazz -- I can deal with some smooth jazz, but not jazz fusion or especially acid jazz; straight-up country -- I'd prefer it to jazz or hip-hop, but I'd prefer something that's more folk or Americana.
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