The Rebellious Sound of Rock Music is Alive and Well

The mainstream media loves to lift up trends, musicians and artists and knock them down over time.

We love to counter their tactics with logic and respect to the artists that put years of work into their craft.

It is sad that many people blindly follow and become brainwashed to these reoccurring trends.

One recent trend that has been getting pushed around is that rock music is dead. Similar to Net Neutrality, neither are dead, and neither are going away anytime soon.

It is trendy to attempt to knock down a successful piece of art or technology if one has never taken the time to produce something important during their lifetime.

Despite what some people think, rock music is doing just fine. It is the organizers at music festivals that are scared to book a lot of them that is the problem.

Similar to classical music that was once the most popular form of music. Rock has experienced a downturn along with the recording industry.

In addition, it is the current attitude of the listening audience that lacks a rebellious spirit that is the larger problem.

Smartphones and social media have turned a country of radical rebels into a soft tone, no backbone form of followers. How can any progress get made when there are people that are for the repeal of Net Neutrality. Overall, maybe we do need less Internet, and more people engaging one-on-one. That might bring back some independent thought and rebellious attitude from the 90s.

Music festival like Coachella that once was a centerpiece for creative forms of expression, and they now become a trendsetting empty pile of rubbish.

A music festival at its core should be rebellious. It should be wild, spontaneous and unpredictable.

There is nothing unpredictable about the majority of major music festival lineups for 2018.

Ticket sales will reflect the lack of backbone across the board.

A list of current rock bands that I still listen to and respect include:

  • Prophets of Rage
  • Tool / A Perfect Circle
  • Radiohead
  • Metallica
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Weezer
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Muse
  • MGMT
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Neil Young
  • Pixies
  • Moe.
  • Govt Mule
  • Cold War Kids
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • The Revivalists
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Bob Dylan
  • Muddy Magnolias
  • Nahko and Medicine for the People
  • G. Love and the Special Sauce
  • Jack White
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Umphrey’s McGee