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Horehound Sea of Cowards Dodge and Burn. Nirvana comes in and rock is the most popular thing from like to A Nirvana like thing 20 years later but this time its gonna be indie rock. Compare that to the 80's when guitar based bands were very popular. Rock is deader than a door nail. I can still detect a pulse in a door nail. It's like this: technology has enabled all musicians and producers is there really any difference anymore?
If people like your stuff, whether its rock, rap or gasp dubstep, they'll buy it. If they don't, you're screwed. And that's as it should be.
Electronic dance music is the future. Rock and Rap are the past. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated or left behind. That's not the only way that rock'n'roll is a religion. There's also concepts of orthodoxy and heresy. According to the standard history of rock'n'roll, "orthodox" rock'n'roll movements like punk and grunge trample rock'n'roll "heresies" such as progressive rock or glam metal.
I think this is a load of crap. I'll take the best prog bands over the best punk bands any day. And at least real religion has benefits. I wrote more about it on my blog: Kill the Heretic. Rock music has died as far as record sales and top 10 in the mainstream charts the only thing keepin it a float is old fans and new Bands of this age better referred to as metalcore post hardcore rock will resurface one day but it's the race to see who will launch a new era of feel good happy go lucky rock music that's in your face with clever lyrics riffs and catchy solos.
A band is a business. Its as simple as that. Getting signed is about someone giving you a loan which you have to pay back. So consequently, that someone is going to invest money on what appears to be the winning horse. Would you buy a company stock that wasn't promising? Its exactly the same story here. It has never been about the music even starting with Elvis. It is always a greedy guy who looked at an artist and said.. I can market this guy and make tons of money while throwing him a few pennies and letting him live the rock star life"..
That in a nutshell is what its always been about. Think about it. Repackaging is the name of the game. As the biblical quote goes: "there is nothing new under the sun". Marketing is basically clever repackaging. Early 90's music is clearly rock n' roll without the solo with a little pop thrown in there..
You take black sabbath, put DIO as the singer, remove the solo, add some pop melodies and you have soundgarden. There was no real movement in the 90s. This is all propaganda and media hype. True there was a Nirvana craze but only because radio stations drove those songs into people's head by playing it oh I don't know 10 times a day.
And Nirvana is clearly POP. The guy set out to write the ultimate pop song! Read up on this! With the internet, bands no longer make money selling music. No one cares about music anymore because everyone and their kid brother can pick up a guitar and start a band.
There are way too many bands and they clutter it up for the decent ones. So the internet is good to get the word out but then when 5 million bands have the word out.. Even semi-decent condition vinyls were guaranteed 3 dollars while CDs were still 1 dollar or 2 dollars buy back value tops. Maybe if bands release only Vinyl which can't be copied easily, the industry will survive.
What independent artist has that kind of money? Rock and roll died in the mainstream with the rise of hip and hop. There will always be niche rock bands that are popular, but right now, rock is mostly loved by older people. Go to a Pearl Jam or a Bon Jovi concert. Its all middle aged parents.
That's the music of today. One day, their kids will be listening to someone else. Well written article. I agree that when Rock N Roll lost that 'larger than life' characteristic it basically shot itself in the nuts we're looking at you Grunge.
I also agree that the division into subgenres completely destroyed rock and created hoards of delusional elitists like many of the commentators here. So Who Killed Rock and Roll? I think the biggest problem is the disconnect of rock in the mainstream between generations. Now, there are a million niche subgenres. Essentially, Rock fans have been divided and conquered through their own doing.
Like a Civil War, you could say. Rap picked-up where Rock left off or i should say what Rock abandoned. Rap was unapologetic, larger than life, and had all the 'Rockstar' attitude that grunge pissed on. People want to argue about it, citing an instance or two where they have sought out some old band and saying, "See, they're still doing it! Record companies have disappeared, and the two or so major labels that still exist wouldn't sign a Rock group to save their life.
People no longer live for their favorite bands' new releases and think about Rock and Roll all day long like they used to. It had a great run, but there are no new bands that are even close to the same earth-shaking talents we used to have.
No one has been hurt more than myself, believe me. I feel like there's a hole in my chest where Rock and Roll used to be. It's gone and it's never coming back, people.
The world is a totally different place now. If you disagree, mention your age in your comment. I know, I was there. Notify me of follow-up comments via email. Connect With Us. Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner. Jan 17 January 17, Bad Reputation The mid to late seventies saw the rise of punk music.
Home Taping Is Killing Music In the eighties, cassette tapes brought forth a huge shift in music; they offered fans their first chance to pirate music. Alternative Takes Hold The nineties were the most disastrous for rock and roll. Larger Than Life Instead of a larger generalized audience, the demographic broke down even more, splintering into sub genres with niche-oriented communities. For good. Email Article Permalink Share Article. Reader Comments 57 Corey, I completely disagree that rock and roll is dead.
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