There is a category of art which I never before thought about as a category until I went online recently and encountered hostility towards a film I saw and loved that came out last year called The Tree of Life. Perhaps you've heard of it, perhaps you've seen it. Its a very polarizing film in the "loved it, it was a masterpiece" mode vs. "hated it, what a piece of shit" mode. When I saw it last summer I fell into the "loved it, it was a masterpiece" camp. Yet I completely understood why it was hated. It was repetitive, long, lacked a conventional plot, and the ending was not necessarily satisfying in the typical sense. But in my sympathy for those who felt angry towards it's artsy boringness, I found myself defending, not its merits, per se, but its EXISTENCE, as inherently valuable, and its existence as inherently something worth championing, though I was in no particular mood to see it again any time soon.
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Moon vs. Bonham
Well, we're going right to the top of the specialty debate department here. This is like Brady vs Manning or Lincoln vs. Washington. If anyone has a preference one way or the other, this is one of those "there is no wrong answer" topics. But i am a drummer, and John Bonham and Keith Moon are drummers, so i'm gonna throw my expertise around here ("'scuse me while i whip this out").
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...This was a really cool subject to think about, and i thought about it quite a bit the last few days. Watched some old VH on youtube last night, then this morning i got up to pee around 6 am (i know, tmi, but i'm setting the scene here) and when i laid back down for the last hour all bleary eyed i never quite fell asleep, instead i just kept thinking about rush and van halen.
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