All this talk about favorite/first concert got me thinking.
What music influenced your initial interest in music? About what age were you when this happened? Where did you hear the music? What was the format? Lp/Radio/Cassette/8-Track/CD, Parents music collection/Friends music collection/Sibling music collection? Get the drift?
I was about 8 years old (1974) and I always had to have my parents play their system if I wanted to hear music (didn't have my own yet). Grew up on Rod Stewart, Elton John, Dr. Hook, Linda Ronstadt, Loggins & Messina, Beatles, Jim Croce among many others of the era.
My favorites were always Maggie May (Rod Stewart), Mamma Don't Dance (Loggins & Messina) Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce), Rocket Man (Elton John). That x-mas I got a small all in one system and my Dad gave me a couple of his Beatles albums (Meet the Beatles & The Beatles' 2nd album). I constantly played "Roll Over Beethoven" & "I Want to Hold Your Hand" until I wore the damn things out. This is also the time I used my Jack Kramer wooden tennis racket as a cool guitar. (I was taking tennis lessons at the time).
For me it was all Lp's and Cassettes. My Dad is still upset to this day he let me have those Beatles albums as they were the original 1st Capitol pressings. A few Christmas's ago I dug them out and wrapped them for him as he'd been asking for them back for years. Needless to say they were in pretty bad shape :D .
These events have kept me seriously interested in music/audio ever since. It started at home.