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In a message dated 97-11-11 23:58:14 EST, Chris England
<< Metallica is a symbol for noise, not noise. Many people thought
of Benny Goodman in the late 30's the same way. Loud and
raucous horns and drums. No let us be tolerant! >>
These kinds of arguments really leave me cold. I really
doubt if Benny Goodman gave outdoor concerts which could
be heard for miles by people who didn't care to listen. The
amplifiers in his day just weren't that powerful. People who
didn't like him were not forced to hear him.
Nobody on this list wants to make it a crime to listen to
trashy rock bands (whose musical skill levels in no way
can be compared to Benny Goodman and his contemporaries.)
We object to the noise being imposed on others. We also
think that rock lovers should be educated as to the risk of
hearing impairment, so they will at least be making an
informed choice when they decide to let their hearing hair
cells be destroyed.
-- Michael Wright
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