NEW YORK CITY - With John Lennon's son, Sean, and Mick Jagger's daughter, Elizabeth, revealing a romantic relationship in public, young and middle-aged rock fans are aglow. Offspring from such a couple would be third generation family members from two of the biggest bands in history: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
"This could mean the return of talent like we have not witnessed in decades and a return to the vinyl album, art in an album package and lord only knows, some melodic, cool rock," said Barry Bangs, a young rock critic who himself is an offspring of a 60s-rock-culture hero, journalist Lester Bangs.
"More of the classic rock kids should marry one another," said Sean's mother, Yoko Ono. "I think John's other son, Julian, should get divorced and remarry one of Bob Dylan's daughters. Could you imagine the words and music their children would write?"
Hope that the genes of the rock greats of the 60s would skip only one generation seems to be the focus these days. Bangs said, "We got screwed with Bob Dylan's musician kid; Julian and Sean Lennon are total disappointments; Rolling Stones kids don't even pick up instruments; Beach Boys kids aren't doing it; it is a long generational line of no talent."
Other rock journalists go further, noting that no children from members of The Kinks, The Hollies, The Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead or Cream have contributed anything to contemporary rock and roll.
"But there is hope," said Bangs. "Talent skipping a generation is normal. Now, if the second generation of rock stars get going with progeny of other rock stars, in the bedroom-or wherever they care to do it-the result could be the resurgence of a strain of rock music that once lifted this nation and, dare I say it, injected personality into a droll world."