Rock and Roll (1949-2011) - JazzWax

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January 03, 2011


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The best, most vital rock music is happening in small clubs all around the world every night of the week. Don't look to arena acts for innovation or inspiration- it's been 20 years or more since the best acts have risen to the surface. Like all of our mainstream media, it has been co-opted and compromised by big business. That leaves a lot of interesting room in the edges of the market place where small bands make really compelling music.

Rock Hall

Over the last few weeks, several pundits have made splashes with articles declaring the death of “rock ‘n roll.” After close examination, we here at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum see these arguments as more of a testament to the decline of the music industry and not the art form that we celebrate. The statistics below are the underpinning for these writers’ arguments. Additional hay has been made by the fact that other stats for the top songs of the year have been reviewed by certain critics and determined by them to include only two or three “rock” songs. You can probably guess where this latter revelation or “fact” takes me……. define rock. Read more here:

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