Mr. Judge’s comments on the demise of rock music certainly seem to apply regarding the status of corporate rock, and for that matter other forms of popular music created and marketed by the large labels and their pals in the radio industry. In that world the goal is to create hits which to no surprise tend to resemble one another as closely as possible without committing outright copyright infringement.
(It also helps to have a computer-generated blonde fronting the act.)
As a Nashville songwriting friend told me a few years ago, in that corner of the industry you’ve got 30,000 songwriters writing for six or eight acts because that’s where the big money is. The good news is that it is now quite easy for independent musicians to create quality recordings (in the technical if not artistic sense) and make them available to a worldwide audience via the web. As with corporate music there’s plenty of chaff and finding the wheat takes effort, but it’s there. We can say the same of blogs. Mr. Judge is in good company: Bob Dylan recenlty told Rolling Stone most new stuff is “worthless.”
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