Bye Bye, Miss American Pie
Anita Sharpe on Culture
Is rock finally, really dead?
'Yes it's dead,' says my 13-year-old son who plays lead guitar in a band (lots of Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, along with some Beatles and Black Sabbath.) 'The music today is mostly angry,' he says. 'Rock is angry; rap is angry; there is actually a hit song called 'Shut Up' -- the lyrics go 'Shut up, shut up. . .' Who wants to listen to that? Even when it's not angry, it mostly sucks. And Britney Spears killed the music.'
OK, you might not want to take one 13-year-old's opinion as gospel. But radio-station owners all over the country are killing off not only rock-oldies formats, but also modern alternative stations -- replacing them with Hispanic and other non-rock formats.
I'm actually excited about this. I think we're about to give birth to a new music genre that is going to rock our world in a big way.