Although George Harrison claimed that newer music didn't give him a "buzz," his son introduced him to one band who did.

George Harrison was a fan of oldies but goodies.

Music changed for George at the end of the 1960s, and he didn't like it; gone were the artists who had inspired him before he joined The Beatles in the late 1950s, as well as the artists who had inspired him and the group throughout their ten years together.

George was a classics fan who was difficult to impress.

However, Dhani, George's son, eventually showed him one band that he liked.

George was asked by Guitar World in 1992 if any contemporary bands "had a bit of the same spark" as his early heroes.

"I can't say I've ever heard anything that gives me a buzz like some of the stuff we did in the 1950s and 1960s," George said.

"Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms album was the last band I really liked."

That was good music played well, without any of the nonsense, in my opinion.

"Now I'm starting to be influenced by my teenage son, who is into everything and has an attitude; he loves some of the old stuff, like Hendrix, and he has a leather jacket with Cream's Disraeli Gears album painted on the back; as for recent groups, he played me the Black Crowes, and they sounded pretty good."

At the very least, Dhani was able to show his father a good modern band.

George hardly ever listened to contemporary music after 1970.

He told Rolling Stone magazine in 1979 that he only listened to his friends Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bob Dylan, and "those sort of people," and that he couldn't stand punk rock because "it never did anything for me at all."

When asked if he felt "out of touch" with what was "happening musically and socially at a grass-roots, youth-culture level," George said the punks were gone.

"Well, the punks have come and gone, haven't they?" he explained, "and everything appears to be very musical again."

"Elvis Costello is great - great melodies, great chord changes; I'm happy for his success, but I've never been a fan of those monotone yelling records."

They said the same thing about Larry Williams and Little Richard, according to Rolling Stone.

"Yeah, but those guys were inventing something at the time," George continued, "and I don't think punk was inventing anything other than negativity."

"The old rock and roll singers sang fantastically, they had great drummers, great sax players, but the punk bands were just rubbish in terms of musicianship - no finesse in the drumming, just a lot of noise and nothing."

George didn't write a single song or record anything in 1977, owing to his dissatisfaction with the music industry.

He felt he had "lost a feel for the public ear" when he began writing and recording again.

"I had that feeling because they'd told me stories about Randy Newman, about how he couldn't write songs and felt like he'd dried up, then all of a sudden he'd written a successful album and was writing ten songs a day," George told Rolling Stone.

"So it's just your problem; when they told me that, I thought to myself, 'Hey, maybe I could dry up.'"

George also spoke about The Beatles' ability to create great rock 'n' roll songs.

"We used to do all of that, but when it comes to listening to it, I'd rather hear Little Richard or Larry Williams."

All those Les Paul guitars screaming and distorting in the late 1960s after Cream had broken up never appealed to me.

I prefer Ry Cooder and Eric Clapton's subtlety.

"Eric is fantastic; he could blow all those people off the stage if he wanted to, but he's more subtle than that. Sometimes it's not what you do, but what you don't do that counts, and personally, I'd rather hear three notes hit really sweetly than a whole bunch of notes from some guitar player whose ears are so blown out he can't tell the difference between a flat and a sharp."

George had very specific musical preferences.

It took a lot to make an impression on him.

It's good to hear that he liked the Black Crowes, at least a little.

Dhani introduced his father to modern music, albeit only in part.

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