Is Rock N Roll Dead?

February 13, 2015
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February 13, 2015 Kirsten M.G.

Is Rock N Roll Dead?

Is Rock N Roll Dead?

Rock N Roll has and will certainly continue to evolve. Maybe not the path or style that some want, but that has been the beauty of Rock N Roll. Each generation gets to make it their own.

Kiss in no way sounds like Buddy Holly. Jimi Hendrix in no way sounds like Jerry Lee Lewis. AC/DC in no way Sounds like Bill Haley and the Comets. One thing they all have in common is the radical meaning that stimulated their form of Rock N Roll. It’s not that “rock is dead.” It’s the reality that a new rock performer or band can no longer make a convenient living or get rich producing music.

Rock N Roll was never supposed to be about the money. It was about rebellion and making a statement. Getting rich or making a living is simply just a perk. The rock ‘n’ roll “business model” that helped Kiss and all the other successful bands achieve fame and fortune is most certainly long dead and buried, but rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well and thriving on social media, in the streets, and in clubs and concert halls all over the world. And the bands playing it are more genuine and heartfelt than ever because they are in it for one reason: the love of rock ‘n’ roll.

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There are astounding young bands and their rabid fans and you will know that rock ‘n’ roll couldn’t be more alive. But regrettably if you listen to the rock n roll music of the past decades, these music are nothing more than candy for the mind – nice while you are hearing it but it has no real greatness or importance/impact, enough to pass on to future generations.

is rock n roll dead?Although it is true of our modern times that one often goes to the underground or eluded the popular majority to hear decent Rock music (“really good stuff” as you called it). It might even leap a generation or the majority of a generation. Disco redirected the majority in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Actually killed the career of some very talented Rock N Roll Bands. But then Rock N Roll came back with a vengeance. Why? Because the roots of Rock N Roll in it’s roots is all about rebellion.

Rock N Roll influences. But that’s not the way the industry used to be. It’s not the same as it was for the first 50 years of rock’s existence, but the fire certainly still burns.

Is it difficult to make it rock ‘n’ roll? You bet. Always was and always will be. Will rockers make as much money as they did “back in the day”? Perhaps not. But that won’t cease them, and they’ll be encouraged by a much more genuine love of the art, and great rock will continue to be produced, performed and embraced by rock enthusiasts.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is not Dead! But record company executives murdered the old rock ‘n’ roll business model.

Check out Beats of Hell Vol.1 music and enjoy. Long live Rock N Roll!!!

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Comments (15)

  1. Janice

    Rock is not dead, obviously. What is dead, is the old business method were bands make money.

  2. Margaret

    rock is coming from the soul for the people, not coming from the studio for the money.

  3. Viviana

    The online world is not the dilemma, rock is improving and its delivery method evolved as well.

  4. Ollie

    Rock music took a big jolt in the balls in the late 90’s early 2000’s when you had image-over-music “artists”: Britney Spears, NSync, Backstreet Boys, Limp Bizkit, Creed … which pretty much paved the way to today’s flavor of the month professionals; Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, which 10 years from not be recollected for their music, but for their reputation.

    • He said while record companies are still around, for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead.

    • ah too harsh on the biscuit – it’s just fun music with a bit of an attitude – great guitarist and not worthy of comparison to the awful creed. sub RATM? of course! but kind of like the kool and the gang of rock music – a party band! 🙂

  5. Courtney

    Rock was harmed severely on the 90´ s by bands like Paradise, Opening and all that Independent depressing reason for rock music that followed them. Rock n Roll is based on enjoying, great solos, catchy songs … When grunge turned up the media that never actually enjoyed Rock n Roll to start with loved it cause it was a way to “train” the young people. If Alice Cooper appeared today folks would call him “gay” as well as mock him the way he dresses “comical”. The damage was done among America now is all about non reusable songs, Europe has an opportunity in fact to bring it back, if there’s a new age of Rock it will certainly come from Europe .

    • i guess we will find out courtney! a new band hollywood vampires featuring alice, joe perry, duff & matt from gnr/vr & johnny depp has just been announced! so we’ see if that takes off or is a massive short lived failure! 🙂

  6. Thaddeus

    Whether Rock is absolutely dead is up for discussion. I happen to think it’s alive and well, but mainstream radio and MTV have moved onto several things. That said, what is undeniable is that many of the really ‘substantial’ touring acts are all performing artists from previous years.

  7. Matthew

    It’s easier for record labels to preserve a single artist than a whole band. Too many excellent group have fallen apart due to varying prides and drugs/ drinking problems in the band. To commit in a good, new band is a chance now and the music’s taking a hit.

    • good point – that goes as far as saying that a modern pop artist is mainly on tour (on a 360 deal so making its for the company) then comes into the studio to sing for a day or 2, to tracks made by and bought from songwriters and producers who produce many songs for many artists, then get autotunes or sung over by session peeps. no inter band workings or creative drought to be concerned with, just rapid turnover and mass marketing to ensure big returns.

  8. Omar

    Cant wait to read more blog articles from your site. It is very informative and simple to understand.

  9. Sue

    There is in no way a solo good band out there that is “controlled” by a record label. Certainly never was, certainly never will be. Good riddance to record labels and the business model of making music for the sole objective of proceeds.

  10. Joyce

    History repeating itself..Sting said many many years ago that rock was dead.

  11. “But regrettably if you listen to the rock n roll music of the past decades, these music are nothing more than candy for the mind – nice while you are hearing it but it has no real greatness or importance/impact, enough to pass on to future generations.” – i don’t get why you would say this. most of what u say is true in this article except this. (i do think that the social media thing is useless in terms of being able to afford to carry on/create new art because the audience is not one that expects to pay for new product because there is free product everywhere u go.) the influence of rock n roll has given us every worthwhile value we have instead in us. yes there is empty headed dross but there is also RATM nirvana and more that communicate messages of rebellion and sociopolitical dissatisfaction. i love a good time r&r band as much as anybody but motley crue, for all their hows and flashy solos will never mean as much as the 2 i mentioned because they only give u one side of a coin. maybe this is the type of music is what u refer to in the quote?

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