ON QUORA, it appears that most people ask a question hoping for an intelligent answer. The question is a genuine search for information. But it’s apparent that some people ask a question and then answer their own question. This seems to be a rhetorical device to impart information, to express an opinion, or to seek affirmation of an opinion. READ MORE
A YOUNGER MEMBER of Quora—meaning significantly younger than me—asked me to answer the question, “Which musicians ruined their careers with their reckless behavior?” Quora is the place I seem to get rather easily dragged into on an almost daily basis, generally answering questions about Elvis. This question was more general but actually encompassed Presley.
The question is a little vague, so I responded by taking a bit of license in how interpreted it. READ MORE
WHO LIKES THIS SINGER? was the question on Quora that someone requested I answer. When I opened the page, there was no other information, but there was a link to another page somewhere on the Internet. So I clicked it and ended up on YouTube, where I watched the linked video and a few others.
OPINION QUESTIONS are big on Quora and I try to provide answers that are accurate but somewhat off the beaten path. The question I received this morning was, “Who are the all-time great frontmen in music?” I read the question as who are the great lead singers of rock groups, as both vocal and visual performers.
In an instrumental group, the frontman would be the individual who is out front leading the band, regardless of the instrument he plays. READ MORE
I WAS ONE OF THOSE TEENS who prided themselves in having a really cool record collection, bragging about albums and singles few of my clueless high school peers had ever heard of. So, of course, I was a big fan of Warner/Reprise Records in the late ’60s. Aside from championing my beloved Kinks (and Grommett save them!), by 1970 they had signed one of my heroes, the all-but-unknown Neil Young, and the group that was fast becoming my new obsession, the Beach Boys. READ MORE
A QUORA READER asked me to answer the question, “What is something that needs to be said about Paul McCartney?” This is both an open-ended question and, for those of us who will go to our graves in awe of Beatlepaul but will probably go there also still trying to come to grips with Wingpaul, it’s also a loaded question. READ MORE
THE QUESTION ON QUORA was “Who was the first rock & roll superstar to be discarded and forgotten to time?” I answered with Bill Haley, Pat Boone, and Connie Francis. Each singer was a big star in their heyday—the word “superstar” did not exist then—but each has been under-appreciated by most critics and historians since rock & roll became self-reflective decades ago. READ MORE
THE BURNING QUESTION on Quora today was “Who was the first rock & roll superstar to be discarded and forgotten to time?” Of course, I couldn’t resist, although my answer may not have been exactly what the questioner was looking for in forgotten superstars. But who knows—maybe this is exactly the kind of thinking-provoking answer the asker wanted? READ MORE
THE READERS AT QUORA have been keeping me busy—once I answered a question or two intelligently and fairly, I’ve been getting requests to answer others. Answer one question, and another pops up, even if it wasn’t asked directly of me. Many questions I just pass by, but this one was right in my ballpark: “Why isn’t Connie Francis in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?” READ MORE