This is an announcement for a quasi-vanity trash side event I'm currently in the process of writing. This will be a yet-to-be-named (taking suggestions) trash event on the broadly defined subject of rock music. I'm writing this because I think my time playing quiz bowl is drawing to a close and I've kind of always wanted to write something like this.
This event will consist of at least five packets (perhaps more like seven or even more if people want to make an actual competitive event out of this) of twenty tossups each which can be played shootout style or in teams or however the hell the folks playing want to do it. Why only tossups? Because I both dislike and stink at (in my opinion) writing bonuses.
A word about the subject matter of this little project: I want this event to test the depth of knowledge players have about rock music and its history. Thus, answer selection will be geared towards music that I think has had an important influence over the past 60+ years. This is where the "quasi-vanity" comes in. I'll be using my best judgement to determine what's objectively influential/important, but I may also delve into my own tastes a bit. For example, if you like late 70s Arena Rock like Styx and Foreigner, you'll probably be out of luck as I'll be writing about more critically respected bands (i.e. ones that played at CBGB). Also, things like Heavy Metal, Rap/Hip Hop, Jazz, bland Pop, etc will have little to no representation as I simply don't think I know enough to write good questions on those genres. Now, that does not mean there will be 1 Obscure Indie Rock band and 1 Bob Dylan album per packet, but my interest in things such as that may seep through in what some may perceive as disproportionate clue/answer selection.
Right now in the writing process, I'm trying to be as mainstream as possible in answer selection, writing things I believe to be gettable by the casual music fan. However, difficulty is hard to judge, as evidenced by the fact the "Highway 61 Revisited" came up in both Harvard International and NSC. My goal for this project is to have a good number of tossups answerable by the player who just occasionally listens to oldies/classic rock, a good number of tossups that appeal to real fans of the subject, and a few crazy tossups answerable by true elitist bastards.
So, to cut to the chase, here's the distribution as I currently envision it. If Rose and Valerie start screaming from the gallery that something should be changed, I'll take it under consideration.
20 Tossups per packet
1-2 Pre-1970 (most likely post 1960 as well)
1 Pre-early 1960s (This will be where foundational folk/blues/R&B things come in)
3 1960-1990 (It's hard to pigeonhole an artist to a specific year, so that's why the spread is so large here. I'll try and space things up as evenly as possible).
1 Common Link
1 "Trash" Music (crappy songs, crappy bands, etc.)
2 Misc (This will be things like historical events, music technology, Music in books/film/etc, and stuff that just doesn't fit elsewhere)
1 other Artist/Album/Song
Questions will be ACF style with no powers (unless you people are dying to have them). None will be more than eight lines, and I'll try and keep a little less than seven. Also, as you might be able to infer from this annoyingly lengthy post, my questions tend to run long, so I'd be interested in having one or two people read them over before they go to market and give me suggestions (if interested PM me or e-mail esser dot nolan at gmail dot com). Right now, I've been writing for about five days and have about a packet and a half finished and am writing with a drive I've never experience before, so hopefully this can get done fairly soon. However, I might get bogged down with work when school starts, so I can't really give a timetable for when this will be finished, though I can almost guarantee I'll be done by Christmas at the latest, if not much earlier. If any of you fall tournament TDs out there want to talk about it, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Anyway, please let me know if you'd be interested in playing this so I can gauge interest and determine if I'm writing this in vain. I imagine that it'll be around ten bucks a person depending on the number of packets. I'm really enjoying writing this and I hope you'll enjoy playing it.
Michigan State Well-wisher