The Catch 22 of Rock and Roll – or why it can’t get better

Rock has got itself into a Catch 22 that guarantees the music will get worse.

Here’s how it works. Because no one dare attack the rock band format, we are stuck with it, and within that generic structure just about all music is done in the electric guitars, bass and drums format, and just about all the music has been done, and been done better about 60 years ago.

There will not be another golden age of bands to match what we had in the 60’s, and there will not be a golden age of pioneers in rock and roll like we had in the 50’s. The formula is too restrictive now, the times have changed, the music has cloned itself out of business – so the innovation and rebellion and vitality that began it all, is no longer allowed.

The only way to break the cycle is to oppose what rock and roll has become, just like the great early rock and roll opposed big band music that had lost it’s vitality.

Postmod Music- its 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.
(and It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).

Music media, if you won’t talk about the backlash against all this, we need a new media that is open enough to cover all the music news.

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Want to help shake up all this?

Texas Video Showdown: Hunkasaurus versus Taylor Swift, Madonna, Katy Perry, and other corporate stars in the corporate pop versus indie everything else!
Hunkasaurus and his cheap bad video with his beat up standard guitar, and no giant set behind him but a blank wall, has challenged Taylor Swift, Madonna, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Bieber, and their very expensive recent videos, to a video showdown.
Hunkasaurus, representing thousands of indie musicians, says his video is not as pretty or trendy or well produced, or as filled with famous people, but that it is better music, because it’s just music – one take, one guitar, one revolution. So far he is winning in first voting.


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3 Responses to “The Catch 22 of Rock and Roll – or why it can’t get better”

  1. musea Says:

    Bands have got to go. We need to get rid of them to force musicians to be creative again. Right now every band is trying to sound like every other one has for 50 years.

  2. musea Says:

    Compare how many musicians had 3-6 big hits from the period of 1955-1975, with the corporate music era of 1995-2015.

  3. musea Says:

    Here is the main problem with the music industry. 3 men run it.

    Music has jumped the shark, been reduced to pop karaoke, and everyone with talent has been marginalized out of a career. Why? 3 men controld it.

    There are 3 record companies that control 80% of the business, Warners, Universal, Sony. Each has a CEO That’s 3 CEO’s controlling the music industry. They make the music, distribute it, and then give themselves great reviews. 

Do you think 3 people should determine the fate of 80% of the music business? No of course not, but they do now. The 3 have made it clear,

    We only support a generic pop sound. We only promote that type of music, and only for a few. (Swift, Beyonce, Bieber, Adele, Gaga, Perry, and the media flavor of the week.)

    What else are they saying?

    You play folk music? We don’t do folk, so you are out of a career.
    You play heavy metal? We don’t do heavy metal, so you are out of a career.
    You play religious music? We don’t do religious music, so you are out of a career.
    You play classic rock? We don’t do classic rock, so you are out of a career.
    You play classical music? We don’t do classical music, so you are out of a career.
    You play roots music? We don’t do roots music, so you are out of a career.
    You play music and you aren’t a 20 something? We don’t do your music. No career.
    You play kid’s music? We don’t do kid’s music, so you are out of a career.
    You play jazz or big band? We don’t do jazz or big band, so you are out of a career.
    You play instrumentals? We don’t do instrumentals, so you are out of a career.
    You play old style soul, r & b, or rap? We don’t do old style, so you are out of a career.
    You play protest music? We of course never make waves, so you are out of a career.
    You play ???. We don’t do ???, so you are out of a career.

    Here’s what they are saying loud and clear to musicians, and music lovers.

    Musician: Doesn’t matter how good you are. Quality just gets in the way of how we make money on generic music from a tiny handful of over produced, and over promoted 20 something, pop stars. AND

    Music Lover: Doesn’t matter what music you like. You’ll have to search it out on the net, or some small club. You’ll never hear your favorites on the radio stations we control, or in the media we own.

    3 Execs advice to all marginalized musicians:

    Try to find some small record company where you might make about minimum wage with no chance of real success and don’t bother us, you don’t fit the money making formula.

    Then if one of you happens to have a hit, we’ll buy the musician, or the record company, or distribute the record company – and you’ll sign a legal web that promises the musician all, and gives them nothing. We have a long track record to prove it.

    My advice? Don’t listen to them!

    Rebel against this. When 3 people have that much control in music everything is wrong. Choose to do nothing, and you ruin not only the music industry, but just about everyone’s chance at a career in music.

    Time to change the music business to where it’s built on talent not publicity. Can the worst video ever made help lead to a music revolution? It might. You vote thumbs up and help make it so = TeXas Video Showdown. (Musicians, you can also start your own protest in any way you like.)

    Those reading this, if you know a great musician, I can predict that right now he’s out of a career and making close to minimum wage no matter how good he is or how hard he works. Buying a CD or t-shirt won’t help him. Support him by opening music up again so great talent has a chance. Vote for indie musicians.

    Warners: Stephen Cooper, 68
    Universal: Lucian Grange, 56
    Sony: Doug Morris, 77

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