Rock is dead
Here’s a BBC news item:
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.