2 of 3 wrote:
Maybe. Rock and Roll has been around a long time now, and it's difficult to come up with new ideas. Everything probably has been done to a certain degree. I think this is why Hip Hop and Rap are the big thing these days....it seems new. Personally, it all sounds the same to me, but hey, I'm older than dirt.
Writing good music will never go away, but I'm not sure it will sound totally new anymore.
Hip Hop is a perfect example of how popular music recycles itself - talk about recycling
, lol. I'm not going to knock it because that's what all of the old folks did when Elvis, the Beatles, and others came along and took the place of Sinatra and Bing Crosby. ("That's not music," etc.)
I think 50 years is a long time for any type of popular music to be in the mainstream, so I do think we are at a turning point as far as how it is presented. Jazz and Pop Standards were popular in the early 1900s until about 1954 or so, then rock and roll took over and has lasted a long, long time - it's really time for a newer type of music to take over, and I think it's hip-hop. But 50 years is a good run. The last major wave of actual "rock" was grunge in the early '90s. If rock and roll were to continue to be the primary popular culture force, I think we would have had another wave by now. Think about it - you had the original rock and roll explosion in 1955, then the British Invasion in 1964, then Punk Rock in the mid to late '70s, then grunge in the late '80s/early '90s. What has there been since then? The current scene is very
retro. (With the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, etc.) Then you have indie pop scene with groups like Death Cab for Cutie, etc. There's also the emo scene, but none of them have the traction that those other movements had. In the meantime, hip hop dominates the charts and continues to sell like crazy.
And in the end...