MUSIC: WHERE THE MOSHERS ARE

A QUINTET OF ROCK FESTIVALS IS BATTLING TO DEFINE YOUTH CULTURE. SO IS THIS ANY WAY TO MAKE A BUCK?

Live rock isn't dead, but as spectacle it's hurting. After all, when you've watched invaders from outer space obliterate the White House, how exciting is it, really, to see some alternative rocker smash his guitar? If you've seen Tom Cruise hurled from an exploding helicopter onto a moving train, is it really that thrilling to see a bassist jump from the top of a three-foot amp? If you've just seen a twister tear apart a town, doesn't a mere mosh pit lose some of its anarchic joy?

Although summer is when the concert business usually generates much of its revenues, so...

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