It's a Thursday night at the campus pub and students are sifting through the new CD jukebox's selections—Led Zeppelin, Chicago, The Beatles. Eventually they decide on a track by Bob Seger, perhaps most famous for his lyric, "I reminisce about the days of old/ With that old time rock and roll.—
It may be old, but that old-time rock and roll still plays on campuses today. Indeed, the Blue Light Pub was packed that night with students born nearly 20 years after this music was first released. "You can't point at a time with better music, definitely not today,— Jack Sisson '06 hollered over the strains of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son,— an anti-Vietnam War song released in 1969.
Alumni from the 1960s and 1970s returning to campus today would find that some things have changed but that much of the music that college students enjoy today was the soundtrack of a previous generation. "I have had students come by and talk to me with incredible, detailed knowledge, as only a fan would know, about rock in the late Sixties,— said Bernhard Professor of Music Paul Machlin. "They knew the careers of the individual musicians and who had soloed at what point in each song. And I'm just sitting there astonished.—
Instead of rejecting their parents' music as did past generations, today's Colby students are embracing it. Over the din of treadmills, stationary bikes, and clanking dumbbells during a busy afternoon at the Alfond Athletic Center, Jimi Hendrix's "Fire— blasts through the wall-mounted speakers. In his West Quad triple decorated with Jim Morrison mug shots and concert playbills ("Bob Dylan Live in Greenwich Village 1960— and "The Grateful Dead Live in Golden Gate Park 1972—), Mark Biggar '07 plays vintage Dead tunes.
Off campus, six senior girls residing in Waterville gather around one of their two record players trading off selected cuts from their favorite vinyl LPs: Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Stevie Wonder's Talking Book, and The Beatles' Let It Be.