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Want to avoid ageism – learn to play the guitar!

by on February 19, 2015

Well okay, its not quite that simple but this interesting piece “Last Call: The Age of Ageism” by John Bohlinger on the website ‘Premier Guitar’ unpacks some interesting statistics about age in the music industry which apparently proves that “older guitarists rule rock ’n’ roll”.

In particular John sets out the ages of some of the big touring successes in 2014: “Billboard list of 15 top 2014 tours: The Rolling Stones came in at No. 3, with an average age of 71. The Eagles—each member is well past his mid-60s—is right behind at No. 4. In the No. 6 slot is 72-year-old Paul McCartney, and 65-year-old Billy Joel is No. 11. Springsteen, also 65 but looking lots younger than Joel, hit No. 13. Coming in at No. 15 was Elton John at an impish 67. One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, and Luke Bryan round out the list. Which means that if you were on a top tour in 2014, you were a senior-citizen rocker, a pop act, or a thirtysomething country star who sounds like a rock act.

This apparently disproves that 27 is the cut off age to have achieved success in the music industry – though I am fairly sure that many of those listed have been going sometime and probably had achieved success by that age.  Perhaps this theory can only be proved if we can find a guitarist that only became successful when they were older – any suggestions?

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