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Thread started 10/19/18 1:53am

domainator2010

Is Rock dead?

What do you think?



*Me* personally, I'm of the opinion that it died about 20 years or so ago.....

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Reply #1 posted 10/19/18 2:30am

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Can you define what you mean by Rock? I'm not joking with that question.

If you mean Rock as defined as the opposite of Pop which is kind of what the likes of Rolling Stone considered it in the late 60's then yeah i'd say it's dead and has been for quite a while. If you mean "musicians working as a group, playing songs on electric guitars accompanied by drums and maybe other instruments" then no it's not dead, there's still plenty of it around and at some point some of it will return to the charts, probably not in a way we think though.

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Reply #2 posted 10/19/18 3:51am

TheFman

Music is dead.

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Reply #3 posted 10/19/18 5:13am

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Reply #4 posted 10/19/18 6:21am

domainator2010

jaawwnn said:

Can you define what you mean by Rock? I'm not joking with that question.

If you mean Rock as defined as the opposite of Pop which is kind of what the likes of Rolling Stone considered it in the late 60's then yeah i'd say it's dead and has been for quite a while. If you mean "musicians working as a group, playing songs on electric guitars accompanied by drums and maybe other instruments" then no it's not dead, there's still plenty of it around and at some point some of it will return to the charts, probably not in a way we think though.

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Generally speaking, I meant guitars, yes. You know, something Rebellious, something Cool, something Anti-establishment.....?!!
Haven't heard anything tinged that way in maybe....the last 5 years?

"not in a way we think"... - then in what way???

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Reply #5 posted 10/19/18 6:29am

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I wish the So So Glos were bigger




Rock music isn't what the kids are digging right now though.

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Reply #6 posted 10/19/18 6:37am

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There's plenty of rock bands out there--you just won't find them on the music charts aby more.

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Reply #7 posted 10/19/18 6:50am

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purplethunder3121 said:

There's plenty of rock bands out there--you just won't find them on the music charts aby more.


This ...

... there's a nice little underground rock scene in my home town. I have a friend who drums in one of the bands (Broken Banjo). Its good stuff but commercial radio and TV wouldn't touch it with a barge pole as its not the sort of thing they've decided we should be listening to.

Rock never dies, you just get ebbs and flows in what comercial media platforms want to push and play ... we're just in the middle of a rather long and depressing down turn at the moment.

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Reply #8 posted 10/19/18 7:24am

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DaveT said:

purplethunder3121 said:

There's plenty of rock bands out there--you just won't find them on the music charts aby more.


This ...

... there's a nice little underground rock scene in my home town. I have a friend who drums in one of the bands (Broken Banjo). Its good stuff but commercial radio and TV wouldn't touch it with a barge pole as its not the sort of thing they've decided we should be listening to.

Rock never dies, you just get ebbs and flows in what comercial media platforms want to push and play ... we're just in the middle of a rather long and depressing down turn at the moment.

My cousin still plays in rock bands and never made a dime from it. He even has a home recording studio and custom designs guitars. After 35 years, he still does it for the love of music...

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Reply #9 posted 10/19/18 9:00am

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Yes.
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Reply #10 posted 10/19/18 9:13am

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You can't get booked in Canada unless you play rock.

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Reply #11 posted 10/19/18 9:44am

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Cinny said:

You can't get booked in Canada unless you play rock.


it's the only reason Nickelback or Avril Lavigne has a shred of a career up there. they're both equally bad.

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Reply #12 posted 10/19/18 9:56am

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TrivialPursuit said:

Cinny said:

You can't get booked in Canada unless you play rock.


it's the only reason Nickelback or Avril Lavigne has a shred of a career up there. they're both equally bad.


Every Canadian act struggling to the top still wants to be them.

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Reply #13 posted 10/19/18 11:43am

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Cinny said:

TrivialPursuit said:


it's the only reason Nickelback or Avril Lavigne has a shred of a career up there. they're both equally bad.


Every Canadian act struggling to the top still wants to be them.


that's why they're struggling. lol

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Reply #14 posted 10/19/18 12:13pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

Cinny said:


Every Canadian act struggling to the top still wants to be them.


that's why they're struggling. lol

No they don't! You don't know what you're talking about. Most people I know (and they are Canadians) do not like either Avril or Knickleback and I know for a fact that Canadian bands do not aspire to be like either of them. If you want some great Canadian rock, check out The Tragically Hip! They are the best! RIP Gord Downy.

As for rock in general, when I want to hear good rock, I go back to the classics from the 60's and 70's.

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Reply #15 posted 10/19/18 1:09pm

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The world is dead.

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Reply #16 posted 10/19/18 4:46pm

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I choose to believe rock isn't dead but rather it's gone underground. Still plenty of talented rock bands across the spectrum of the genre that are doing their thing outside of the mainstream spotlight, at your local music venues. Free from the dictates of major labels.
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Reply #17 posted 10/19/18 11:33pm

dancerella

I definitely think rock is dead. It has been taken over by hip hop. Rappers are the new rock stars, sadly. I still listen to rock and metal from the 80s though. It ain't dead for me. I'm keeping that shit alive single handedly.
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Reply #18 posted 10/20/18 1:34am

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Reply #19 posted 10/20/18 2:01am

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Of course its not dead. If you look at the charts you might think, but there are so many rockbands around. And remember, its mostly rock that is still selling out stadiums.
Its funny, when i was 15 i hated rock, now im 45 and i love it.
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Reply #20 posted 10/20/18 6:46am

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People were already asking this question 20 years ago, maybe even earlier. Lenny asked, Prince replied.

Is jazz dead? Is funk dead? Is classical music dead?

IDK what it means really. Genres and style go through this time when they're new, and they get the spotlight, and once they go past this phase people believe the genre is dead but how can a genre be dead when you have thousands of artists and band still doing it?

IDK, the golden age of rock may have ended in the late 90's, after grunge, indie rock and brit pop gave it its last great hours as being a fresh and culturally influential genre, but people didn't stop playing or listening to rock. Hell, I don't listen to much rock but I'm sure there's been many new subgenres and styles and critically acclaimed rock artists in the 21st century.

So IDK. I think those people who say rock (or any genre that was popular when they were young) is dead are deader themselves. Is it really about rock or our fear of getting old, irrelevant, and finally die without anyone noticing?

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Reply #21 posted 10/20/18 6:54am

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That was fuckin cool! Reminds me of the Black Keys only with more soul...

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Reply #22 posted 10/20/18 7:00am

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Is it dead? Why does this question come up every 10 years? Songs have been written about the death of Rock & Roll and it's just weird to me. I wonder if people were wondering this about other genres of music. Looking for the 1948 article asking if swing music is dead...

I like that that Rock is in the back seat these days. It makes it cooler somehow, more underground, like quality live music is now.

Theses guys are one of my favorite newer bands. They have an album coming out next year. The last one wasn't as strong as their first few but I've seen them live and they are the real deal.

They wear their influences on their sleeve but still sound original. They are way bigger in Europe (of course) and the singer is amazing.


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Reply #23 posted 10/20/18 8:29am

S2DG

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HOLY SHIT! This guy is a soulful force of nature!

This cover makes my point...




Thanks a million for enlightening me!

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Reply #24 posted 10/20/18 10:32am

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Is it dead? Why does this question come up every 10 years? Songs have been written about the death of Rock & Roll and it's just weird to me. I wonder if people were wondering this about other genres of music. Looking for the 1948 article asking if swing music is dead...

I like that that Rock is in the back seat these days. It makes it cooler somehow, more underground, like quality live music is now.

Theses guys are one of my favorite newer bands. They have an album coming out next year. The last one wasn't as strong as their first few but I've seen them live and they are the real deal.

They wear their influences on their sleeve but still sound original. They are way bigger in Europe (of course) and the singer is amazing.


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theres obviously a reason Sabbath chose them as opening band for their tour

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Reply #25 posted 10/20/18 8:24pm

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Yes, Rapped music killed it. lol


R.I.P. tombstone wilted

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Reply #26 posted 10/20/18 9:38pm

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indie rock still exists, I wouldn't say dead, maybe evolved

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Reply #27 posted 10/20/18 10:30pm

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C'mon y'all, Rock ain't dead...as pointed out here, it went underground. It's only dead on pop music charts...

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Reply #28 posted 10/20/18 10:56pm

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No genre of music ever really dies.You can bet that,somewhere in the world,people are listening and bobbing their heads to a rock album smile and as someone else pointed out,classic rock artists and bands are still selling out arenas and stadiums.Hell,I've been listening to Def Leppard alot these past few weeks.

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Reply #29 posted 10/20/18 11:31pm

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SoulAlive said:

No genre of music ever really dies.You can bet that,somewhere in the world,people are listening and bobbing their heads to a rock album smile and as someone else pointed out,classic rock artists and bands are still selling out arenas and stadiums.Hell,I've been listening to Def Leppard alot these past few weeks.

I remember people saying decades ago that Rock died in the 1970s... lol But, it didn't...

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