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Rock music is no longer the sole province of youth. But, as my favourite band knows, there's more than one way of growing old

By Sam Leith   July 2009

Robert Lowell wrote that “Poets die adolescents, their beat embalms them.” And this used to go double for rock stars: Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Buddy Holly. Today, though, there’s an awful lot of late vintage out there. “It’s better to burn out than to fade away”—Neil Young, 63, still touring. “I was so much older then—I’m younger than that now”—Bob Dylan, 68, still touring. “We gotta get out while we’re young…”—Bruce Springsteen, 59, still touring. There’s scarcely the need to twit Pete Townshend, 64, yet again with his best-known line.

There’s scarcely the need, either, to twit the group Sonic…

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