Summary of “Dad rock isn’t just for straight, white, American dads”

It’s the old idea of “Classic rock,” limited to dudes – a label affixed to bands like Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, the Grateful Dead. Different dad rock bands are ascribed to different moods.
Some dad rock bands, like Zeppelin or Thin Lizzy, evoke an image of dad standing in the garage, shirt off, beer in hand, speakers blasting as he works on his car.
Other dad rock bands, like the Doobie Brothers or Steely Dan, conjure dad in an armchair, sipping a tumbler of Scotch whiskey.
There are even modern dad rock bands like The National and Bon Iver, the favorites of dads with tattoos who drink craft beer and don’t mind pushing the kids around in the stroller.
You might say dad rock means any rock n’ roll enjoyed by dads aged Boomer to Gen X, with millennials on their way – sprawling parameters encompassing most of mainstream rock music, from the Allman Brothers to Zappa.
Regardless of who fits the criteria, there is one across-the-board commonality: dad rock is typically assumed to be music for straight, white, American dads, despite the observable truth that not all dads are straight, white, or American.
We can build an alternate canon in real time, by decoupling from the long-held assumptions about how a dad looks, and thus how a dad rock band sounds.
To her, dad rock is sound disentangled from expectation, until she asks for further clarification or an anecdote of familial attachment to the music.

The orginal article.