Rock is dead?

By Zach Vigil-Minyard
On February 1, 2019

I am a person who loves music. I listen to all genres of music and particularly like to listen to anything new. 
Last year had some amazing albums and plenty of above average releases. I listened to about 60 new albums religiously and still missed some hard-hitting albums. Yet, I still hear people complain about how they only hear rap music on the radio. They claim rock is dead and hasn’t been influential in years. 
This has been said quite often over the last 10 years, and I always think it’s such an odd thing to say. There is no way rock can be dead. Nothing can truly die in the internet era as it’s so easy to find an audience for anything no matter how small. Sure, rap is the most popular genre at the moment, which isn’t a bad thing, but just because something is not being played on the radio doesn’t mean that it isn’t thriving. 
You could see similar things in several genres over the years. Dance music dominated the early 2000’s, then crunk, then electronic and now rap. Here’s some food for thought: the only thing gained by being in the spotlight is a lot of posers and imitators. 
Now that rock is a bit more underground, it gains the freedom to grow in so many ways and try new things. Think of all the Beatles clones in the ‘60s, the hair-metal bands in the ‘80s, the grunge rip-offs of the ‘90s and the notorious post-grunge bands like Nickelback and Evanescence. 
Now, rap has these problems while rock is left on its own to thrive in a perfect middle ground. 

 

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