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Rock stars are more interesting after 40 than when they are young and menacing

By David Owen   November 1998

I think it was Paul Weller who said in some long ago interview how uncomfortable he would feel if he was still playing the Jam anthem When You’re Young once he was past a certain age. At the time, if I could have looked up from my New Musical Express for long enough, I would wholeheartedly have endorsed the sentiment. As I saw it, rock musicians should be subject to a compulsory retirement age, like first-class football referees or high court judges. How many rock stars could convincingly claim to have produced anything that was any good after the age…

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