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(Village Voice)   Is guitar rock dying?   ( divider line
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5079 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 03 May 2013 at 7:51 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-05-03 08:43:20 PM  
3 votes:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created on April 20, 1983, officially heralding the demise of Rock and Roll. Hey hey my my.
2013-05-03 07:51:51 PM  
3 votes:

lepton68: [ image 400x300]

Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.
2013-05-03 08:46:30 PM  
2 votes:
Real music died with Ethel Merman.
2013-05-03 08:44:01 PM  
2 votes:
Every generation finds its own heroes.

Don't ever foster the delusion that your children should like the things that you like.
2013-05-03 08:29:15 PM  
2 votes:

SilentStrider: lepton68: [ image 400x300]

Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.

This is what killed rock guitar, for better or worse. Playing scales really fast is a skill, bit at the end if the day it gets boring.
2013-05-03 08:20:28 PM  
2 votes:
Popular music has been on the wane since 1974, the year of the first Bad Company release.

You see, poor live performances by the likes of Chuck Berry and even Jerry Lee Lewis are destroying the music they allege to celebrate. And tests show that a Beach Boys concert is a very sad thing. This, coupled with the growing interest in ethnic music, has undermined the support base of the music that you and your friends love.
2013-05-03 08:06:33 PM  
2 votes:
As long as there are white people, no
2013-05-03 07:55:39 PM  
2 votes:
Little Steven's Underground Garage.

^The only answer the headline question needs.
2013-05-04 08:06:40 AM  
1 vote:
most rock guitarists play like they're masturbating out loud.
2013-05-04 06:32:39 AM  
1 vote:
Probably not, but hard rock is no where to be seen in mainstream alternative and rock, indie folk hipster people run the genre right now.
2013-05-04 03:55:31 AM  
1 vote:
For everyone wondering where good rock guitar has gone, I suggest picking up a copy, or even subscribing to, Classic Rock magazine. It's British, and therefore more expensive, but you can also get it on the iPad cheaper through iTunes. It is the most well written, thorough rock magazine in the world. They review many rock albums every month by new and established artists and report on some of the most obscure stories. Hell, they even had a short piece a couple of years ago about the death of one member of Point Blank, a Houston band that had a minor hit in the 80's. It wasn't even mentioned here in Houston. Get it, you won't be sorry.
2013-05-04 12:48:21 AM  
1 vote:
prince is a helluva guitar player.
2013-05-03 11:32:27 PM  
1 vote:
Yes Subby, guitar rock is dying. It's easy to understand why. Let me explain.

Say you have 12 beer....

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/of course it's not dying. As long as teenage boys realize that the females of their peer group are more willing to have sex with them if they play for them, the guitar will survive.
2013-05-03 11:04:04 PM  
1 vote:
Just think, people used to sit through long classic rock songs when they were on the radio.

A young band may have already written the next Stairway or Free Bird and may be on YouTube right now...but once the average person hears it has a 30 second musical intro; "Ain't nobody got time for that!"
2013-05-03 10:20:52 PM  
1 vote:

The old ways can still be new again.  Delta blues metal.

Ignore the tatted up hot mess in front, she was only slightly distracting for me.
2013-05-03 10:14:28 PM  
1 vote:
By the way, Ty Segall (aka Busiest Man in Rock and Roll) has another new band called Fuzz that, if the two singles are any proof, will have an album out soon that will melt everyone's faces off.  He is awesome.
2013-05-03 09:59:05 PM  
1 vote:
When I think of "guitar rock" I think of really terrible bands like Pearl Jam, STP, Nickelback and that whole crop of terrible pop groups from the late 90s like Seven Mary Three or that band that did that Cumbersome song.

So no, I don't think bland guitar-driven "rock" is going away any time soon as long as there are ball caps to rock backwards, lite beer to chug and WOOOOOOS to WOOOOOOOO!

Conversely, I think that bands have gotten better at writing music that uses guitars. So it's an even tradeoff- the pendulum of ROCK! swings back and forth. That's what rock pendulums do.
2013-05-03 09:49:20 PM  
1 vote:
Yes, guitar rock is dying.  Why, I can't find a single guitar rock album in the "Top 40" list on Rolling Stone.

Then again, I can't find anything there worth listening to at all.  I haven't turned on a radio station in 5 years- there's nothing there worth listening to either.

But I have the Internet, and I find new bands every single freaking day.  I'm listening to a Polish progressive metal band right now for the first time (Animations) and they blow the doors off of anything I've heard lately.  There are amazing musicians in every genre you would care to hear available whenever you want.  You don't need to listen to RS, or Village Voice, or anyone at all, and so long as there are people picking up the instrument it's not going anywhere

/Yeah, I like prog.  Bite me
2013-05-03 09:39:16 PM  
1 vote:

red5ish: I predict the zither will become the backbone of the next musical revolution.
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2013-05-03 09:10:30 PM  
1 vote:
Every generation goes through a period of time when they are sure that history will end with them.

This too shall pass.
2013-05-03 09:07:57 PM  
1 vote:
Less popular? Yes.

Dying? No.

Getting better? All the time.

/Parquet Courts
//Thee Oh Sees
2013-05-03 09:04:14 PM  
1 vote:

uncleacid: I think harps will be the next big thing.

If that means I have to listen to more Joanna Newsom, I am giving up music.
2013-05-03 09:02:22 PM  
1 vote:
Such is the problem of shredding. Bands who really shred -- not punk or hardcore bands who can barely play their instruments, not bands who incorporate guitars into larger clouds of musical emotion, but bands who've made their name with guitar-based pop(ish) music and really farking shred -- are increasingly finding themselves at the margins of musical culture.

Meh, maybe in the US.  Metal, with shredding guitars everywhere, is alive and well in Japan and Europe, with China also having a growing metal market.
2013-05-03 09:01:45 PM  
1 vote:
No. People ask the same question once a decade.
2013-05-03 08:55:46 PM  
1 vote:

MFAWG: SilentStrider: lepton68: [ image 400x300]

Is that Orianthi? Man, she can farkig SHRED like no one's business.

This is what killed rock guitar, for better or worse. Playing scales really fast is a skill, bit at the end if the day it gets boring.

As someone who loves guitar rock, THIS.  Grunge, Rap, Hip-Hop and what have you did NOT kill guitar rock.  Guitar Rock killed itself. Hair band overload became bland, predictable formulaic garbage.  Winger, Poison, Cinderella... just nails in the coffin.  As least Def Leppard was original when they did it.  After a while, though, everything sounded the same, more or less.  *sigh*

Get the fark off my lawn.

\Please note that I did not say these bands sucked - my opinion is mute on that.  They are very good technicians.  Just uninspired.  I still love guitar rock, but good God man, stop with the copy/paste.
2013-05-03 08:54:35 PM  
1 vote:
The Coursera "Intro to Guitar" course just started Monday, so I'm getting a real kick out of this thread.

Wait. Does this mean there's room out there for a sad song or two lamenting the death of guitar rock?
2013-05-03 08:38:02 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-05-03 08:34:57 PM  
1 vote:
I feel like this article and its title are really misleading. They're making it sound like guitar rock is disappearing completely (it's not) when they're really asking if guitar rock is disappearing as a major player in popular music. And that happened like a decade ago.

There are a ton of great guitar rock bands out there: Cloud Nothings, Japandroids, Wild Flag, Screaming Females, Clutch, The Men, The Thermals, Titus Andronicus etc etc.
2013-05-03 08:27:48 PM  
1 vote:
Its appeal is becoming more selective.
2013-05-03 08:11:44 PM  
1 vote:
I don't think so. The electric guitar has so many sonic possibilities, and there are always going to be people that find cool and interesting things to do with it. It's just that right now too many people that pick up the guitar either don't bother to really learn to play, or lack the imagination to play anything other than the same stale, tired Page/Clapton/Hendrix/SRV licks with the same gear.
2013-05-03 07:58:45 PM  
1 vote:
Freedom rock definitely isn't.  Turn it up, man!
2013-05-03 07:54:04 PM  
1 vote:
Guitar rock was bit by a spider.
2013-05-03 06:23:29 PM  
1 vote:
Ty Segall is alright musically I guess, but they're pretty boring live and it's not like they're virtuosos by any means.  The problem is that none of these bands have any sense of showmanship and everything they are playing is derivative.  90% of guitar bands since 1960 has just been the same E and A form barre chords being played in the same 10 positions.  I know there are a limited amount of notes and everything, but how hard is it to work a few extra riffs in there?  I can count on one hand the amount of legit guitar solos I have heard in an indie rock song and I like indie rock.

I know the "everything sounds the same" line is a little overdone, but guitar is such a great hobby it's literally offensive to me to see people not try to get better at it.  Also, a lot of these bands would be 100x better with a good frontman/frontwoman.  Singers with no formal training that half ass playing guitar and don't move around (or having a guitar slung around backwards while they stand there and almost never play it) is clearly not the way to go.
2013-05-03 05:38:52 PM  
1 vote:
ask the black keys. ask jack white. ask mumford and sons. ask jake bugg.
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