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Posted by Geoff Edgers  July 13, 2006 10:19 AM
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Nobody has ever accused Newsweek of being a cultural beacon, unless, that is, the only other magazine on the shelf is Time. But this week's version of "The Boomer Files" offers an extra-crispy bucket of crustiness. Writer David Gates, on the edge of 60, proclaims his love for the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and, here's a surprise, Bob Dylan. Then he reminds us that "no subsequent music has ever caught so many people in such excitement." Uh-huh. But perhaps the most disturbing confessional moment comes when Gates admits that "six months ago, a friend played U2 for me for the first time." Finally, Newsweek offers a top 10 list from Carly Simon, who rambles on about how hard it was to make her choices, particularly because she didn't want to offend anyone. Her list? The Rolling Stones, the Beatles and there's that Dylan guy again. Don't the boomers deserve more than this month's BMG Music Service pick?

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