Friday, October 23, 2009

Will your kid rock and roll like we used to?


I had to educate mine of the glory of the record player, the good old phonograph, awesome scratchy vinyls...they liked it for about a week.

I might be partially to blame, as the records we bought at the estate sale were all musicals, classical and jazz albums. But, when I managed to score a few Rolling Stones, Beatles and even a Barry White album at the thrift store a few days later, those were played a bit louder volume, and then we learned about "skipping" and the inability to hit "replay".


My husband and I went to see U2 recently, and have to say there was quite a bit of grey in the crowd, which started me thinking about the last popular/ modern rock concert I'd attended.

I haven't.

So when I read this:

From By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Ap Music Writer Like other bands in the digital age, U2 is struggling to grab new listeners. Its members admit to frustration at the average album sales for its most recent release and wonder, as bassist Adam Clayton put it, whether the idea of an impassioned rock 'n' roll fan is becoming a thing of the past. (One experiment — U2 is broadcasting one of this weekend's concerts in Los Angeles on

yikes. say it ain't so!

"The commercial challenges have to be confronted," Clayton says during an interview backstage at "Saturday Night Live," as awaits the band's performance on the show's season kickoff. "But I think, in a sense, the more interesting challenge is, 'What is rock 'n' roll in this changing world?' Because, to some extent, the concept of the music fan — the concept of the person who buys music and listens to music for the pleasure of music itself — is an outdated idea."

I understand, changing times and all that.. listening to YOUR music in YOUR headphones.. even the silent disco idea, and the karaoke/faux band rise with video games.. it's never going to be the same.

This guy calls out rock and rollers because of politics... but really weren't the best rockers always speaking out???

Don't get me started on the way dance has changed...

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