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Rock Music is a Cultural Wasteland

February 1, 2009

Rock music has become culturally insignificant.

I’m watching the Superbowl pre-game circle jerk and I stare in amazement.

Old men pretending to be Rock’n’Roll. Bruce Springsteen claiming that his band in 1978 has nothing on his band in 2009. Journey playing the Pepsi sponsored tailgate party without Steve Perry. The Rock Music juggernaut whoring itself out to every demographic, with music as the garnish. That’s what Rock music has become, it’s the garnish.

And people wonder why everyone “steals” music, why Abbey Road was the second highest selling vinyl record of 2008, why album sales are in the shitter.

No one is doing anything authentic, no one is doing anything with heart. It’s not music, it’s a product. The minute that happens it’s all over. Dylan knew this, Grossman knew this, Lennon knew this:

As soon as we made it the edges were knocked off… We killed ourselves to make it… But we sold out.  –The Rolling Stone Interview 1971

The empire is crumbling and the Lords are attempting to fool you into thinking that all is well. What a perfect metaphor for the West. Stale music = Stale culture. Music has been homogenized, Live Nation-afied, Ralph James-ed, and we are left listening to crusty old blow hards reminisce about the good old days.

Rock and Roll needs to be purged. It’s out lived it’s time, as all things do. But it has made so many people so much money, that the individuals responsible for guarding the gates of artistic integrity are really double agents sent from the money pit to keep the pigs fat.

The people need a new way. Rock is dead. Move on or you will become what you hate. Rock music is a cultural wasteland.

Take Control of Your Music,


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2009 12:06 am

    I couldn’t agree more! There is good indie music out there, but even that is crowded out by the huge amount of BAD indie music that makes the good stuff really inaccessible. I dream that the music industry will make itself completely obsolete so that no one can make a living at music. Then only those with the calling will continue and we might be able to find the new Dylans and Springsteens and Roling Stones and we can finally let the old ones go!

  2. February 2, 2009 2:07 am

    Not that I don’t agree with what you’re saying, Voyno, but the tone of your last two posts has been very negative, crass, and frankly, uninspiring (though not uninspir-ed… and, as always, well written). I check out the new rockstar philosophy to feel good about the possibilities for the future of music when so much of the focus out there is usually on the ‘death of an industry’ and those poor starving musicians and those lousy pirates and blah blah blah, the sky is falling the sky is falling. There’s plenty of negativity out there already.

    Tell me about someone that doesn’t fit into the shit mold. Tell me what’s up with some bands and some ideas that aren’t reflective of this stale and dis-eased culture. It looks bad sometimes, friend, but don’t get sucked into this vacuum of negativity, distraction, and ignorance. Just my three cents: take it for what it’s worth.

  3. February 2, 2009 7:17 am

    Jeff you zen master! As always, you show me the wiser path. Thank you fine sir.

  4. February 2, 2009 11:41 pm

    Nice shit analogy Jeff

  5. February 5, 2009 8:47 pm

    I don’t think it’s quite so bad over here in the UK but it’s still pretty bad. Rock is dead. Has been for a long time. It just doesn’t have anything to say any more that hasn’t been said a million times and usually better. Any new, creative, vibrant music is very rare in rock. To find that here in the UK, you have to move outside rock into less well-known genres of electronic music such as dubstep, where some truly innovative ideas and sound are being explored.

  6. archetypal_diametric_paradox permalink
    February 19, 2009 11:35 am

    You need to know where to look buddy…

    – Turbonegro would be a good start.

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