I gotta back up Phaedrus on the change-the-world thing. Didn’t at first, but
made me see his point. Of course, he didn’t single handedly change the world, but he had a heck of an influence on the thinking / attitude of a generation.
Sure sure sure, I’m only 30 and can’t speak from first hand knowledge, but I don’t think I’m far off in saying that pop music (pop isn’t quite the right word. Seems to put the Beatles in the same category as Ricky Martin. Well, for some people…) had some influence over the generation. Even if one thinks the music was just a reflection of current attitudes, there is some feedback that would carry on that attitude.
So yeah, as a founding member of one of the most influential groups of an era, I would say that he helped influence at least a generation, if not more. Maybe it would have been more appropriate to say “Sorry you feel his ideology wasn’t important. It [helped] change the world.”