I'm telling you...do The Band. They've had such a profound impact on rock'n'roll and our generation is doing an incredibly shitty job of appreciating them and passing on their legacy. The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan--not to meantion, the Boss--have all cited The Band as a major influence, but they don't get anywhere near the same kind of retrospective reverence as the aforementioned artists. Hell, Clapton left Cream because he wanted to join The Band. They pulled America's collective head out of its collective ass, cut out all the superficial hippie shit of the 60s, and, ironically, created something wildly unique and distinctive by stepping back into the traditions of the blues, jazz, gospel, and early rock'n'roll. Listening to The Band and understanding their subtle yet vital stamp on contemporary rock has given me a new perspective on all the music that came after and around it; I think the rest of our generation could benefit from that insight.