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.
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.
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.
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