If you immediately understood the above as nod to an oft-quoted Pat Buchanan line in the nineties culture wars, then you’ll probably also remember the rise of the DIY movement. Anyone could start a band (hell, you didn’t even need to know how to play an instrument). Your neighbor’s garage band was just as good as whatever major label sellout was headlining the club that night — maybe even better, because they still had integrity, man. Rock stars weren’t Gods but mere mortals to happened to have slightly better hair and the same neurosis. Eddie Vedder spent more time polishing his “aw, shucks, I’m a regular dude” persona than your average politician.