Rock And Roll Will Never Die
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Indeed. Genres are never invented, or even really considered by artists, they just do whatever feels right. Magazines, blogs, critics, and scenesters are the ones obsessed with naming it all. Artists couldn’t give a shit.
Rock n Roll will never die.
As somebody mentioned that technology will play major roles in the survival of a genre… so it is to Rock n Roll.
I remembered a history of The Beatles where a recording company said no to them for the reason that guitar music was dying and new instruments were evolving and being updated. Guess what? They were wrong.
Even at this moment, new technology is being used to create new music. That new technology cannot and will never kill Rock n Roll.
You see, some people dont shake their bottoms… they bang their heads. And those people (me included) doesn’t have the taste for such trance music.
Classical music did not die. In fact there are many groups out there still performing live. The San Francisco Symphonies with Michael Kamen even played with Metallica live (imagine classical music jamming with Heavy Metal… its like maidens serenading only those maidens are holding a huge hammer).
(and I agree with Pat)
i saw a program on the tele the other nite that took the whole history of 60s and 70s music. one style after the other and played a song from each style. it was interesting to see how one genre influenced the next. this can be studied and shown. it is the true for any history of art. rock and roll is not dead , it lives on for all who listen to it, as well as it gave birth to a variety of forms which followed it.
@Sasho The Beatles was never a rock and roll band. They were a commercial pop group that turned into a psychedelic experimental band. Rock and roll is more than an overdrive guitar, banging drums and sloppy vocals, it’s a mentality and a message.
The “rock n roll” of today is not rock n roll at all. Calling it rock n roll is like pissing all over rock n roll. It’s even worse than referring to those angry screaming teens as “metal” or those old white guys in funny hats as “blues” or those ridiculous fags with cowoy hats as “country,” when all of this shit is really just commercial mass produced shitty replicas that are nothing like the real thing. It’s a fucking disgrace to real music.
And if anyone’s an idiot, it’s you. My post about rock and roll being dead was a joke, and that’s obvious. No music style is dead, there are always people who listen to it even if it’s completely forgotten by the mainstream. Yes, even ragtime still has fans.
Hating on the labels is just an excuse for not organizing concepts, an excuse for being ignorant, and an excuse to mislabel things.
If I were to study toads and call it astronomy, I think you could all agree that I’m a flaming moron for doing so. Well, the same applies to mislabeling things like music.
If you use the term Rock to describe things that aren’t Rock, then you’ve ruined the meaning of the word, and the reason for it existing. If you use the word Rock for things that aren’t Rock, you’d be better off not using the damn word at all.
Johnny Rotten, the lead singer and some would say brains behind the Sex Pistols, said that he wanted to kill rock. In his time it had become another commercial product that had become meaningless through repetition and dilution of context. It was another pointless institution, with gates guarded by the record industry.
That’s why when he was drafted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he refused to be in it, because it was the same tired rock n roll circlejerk that he’d been disdainful of his entire career.
Maybe he didn’t kill the popular conception of rock. But the energy he brought into destroying the popular notions of what was rebellious, and the desire to do it himself even though he wasn’t even good at it, inspired SO MANY people who then went on to form their own punk bands. And most of these people are the ones we still recognize as “rock” artists; the Lemonheads, the Descendents, the Buzzcocks, Joy Division, and Morrissey.
Sasho, Oasis too was reportedly inspired by the Sex Pistols.
I love Johnny Rotten and actually count him as one of the thinkers who takes me to a higher existence, watch him talk about killing rock:
and stonedragon, right on
What I do not quite understand is this debate regarding a label put on music? As a musician I abhor the idea of trying to label what we play and I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of musicians feel the same way.
Music is music. It should only be defined by how it makes you feel, think, do. Whether it inspires you, pumps you up, or makes you cry its all just music. To me, listening to Chuck Berry will never be as enjoyable, thought provoking, or inspirational as listening to Tool (I am sure my father would disagree with me) but in the end it’s all just music and completely up to personal tastes.
“Rock” or “Rock and Roll” does not matter as its all just awesome, cept when its shit of course.
Of course it was realistic, and I’m far from pessimistic. It’s just what I see. Back when classical music was popular, you really had to use your brain. Bach might create a masterpiece, and take specific notes out, and give it to his king, and the king would have to piece in the missing pieces. Where is there anything like that these days?