I picked up a copy of "Retromania" to read on the train this weekend. If I have any blazing insights about it, I'll post 'em.
I've seen a lot of scenes like you describe here. The Steampunk aesthetic has been around for awhile, and it includes old music and playback technology, but I think that some things just retain their appeal and will continue to find an audience for whom they fill a need, even though that audience may not be as big as it was the first time around. I know a guy born in the mid-1980s who surprised me when he told me how much he loved The Faces, whose heyday was the early 1970s. He found out about them by first becoming a fan of The Replacements, big fans of The Faces, who peaked around the time that he was born!
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In the last couple of days,I have seen a couple of people that only verify what this article is talking about.On Sunday,while at the flea market,where,for $15 each,I scored two nice early solid state Marantz tuners,that are going on eBay,I saw this kid who couldn't have been any more than ten,listening to Chubby Checker,on a Lloyd's transistor radio ,in a leather case,that must have been from the late 50s,or early 60s itself.
Just like Gramma and Grampa did.
Today,sitting across from me on the bus,were these two guys,who were obviously about seventeen.One had on one of those replica 1972 Rolling Stones tour t-shirts, the other a psychedelic day-glo one,with a marijuana leaf.They spent the whole time talking about "smokin' lids","trippin' on shrooms",and getting caught by "the man".All that was missing was the love beads,and the David Cassidy hair.
Maybe there is some sort of rip in the timeline that we don't know about.