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Rock is dead

January 17, 2012

Here’s a BBC news item:

Rock album sales hit their lowest level for eight years

It seems that rock music suffered its poorest album sales for eight years in 2011 according to the Official Charts Company. Good.

Seven of the top ten best-selling albums of last year were pop records, with Adele and Bruno Mars both selling more than a million. There’s nothing wrong with good, honest, pop. Only two entries in the top ten were rock and indie albums – Ed Sheeran‘s + and Coldplay‘s Mylo Xyloto. Overall, rock music albums accounted for 29.4.% of total music sales last year, down from 31.2% in 2010.

Rock, of course, has been creativity bankrupt for probably twenty years, with absolutely nothing to say and devoid of any excitement. It regurgitates its golden years over and over again, reselling the same old pre-packaged, tame rebellion to another generation of young spotty white morons every few years.

The real creative music is to be found among a legion of artists in many countries making a myriad of genres of ever-evolving electronicia on modest equipment. They self-distribute or work through netlabels.

If you want to remember what it was like to be excited about discovering new musical artists, that’s where you need to look.

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  1. January 18, 2012 10:12 am

    One of my friends commented elsewhere that although my assertion that rock is dead might be true in mainstream rock idioms and in the so-called indie world, there is a great amount of other guitar music being made that is excellent and creative. I may be paraphrasing. He’s someone who knows his shit so I listen to him.

    Actually, it kind of confirms my point. You won’t find good,new, creative music of any kind coming from the big labels and the traditional music industry; the new music industry is online, de-centralised, much more of a genuine folk music than it has been for generations. That goes for electronica (my world) or guitar music (my friend is more connected with that world).

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