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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 20 November 2019 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

An excellent YouTube post by a very talented young man.

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Sergio Saavedra
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Posted: 23 January 2020 at 12:02pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Thank you. Very interesting.
In my country, I feel rock hasn't been replaced by hip-hop but by reggaeton. And don't make me get started with reggaeton...
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Rick Senger
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Posted: 23 January 2020 at 12:51pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

His premise is dead on.  Still, as he admits, it's subjective (precisely how much elec. guitar is enough to push a song into rock;  many songs have both elec guitar and synths playing the melody.)  But there's no denying the trend, even on the "borderline" groups.  Chicago, which he cites as rock, did soft pop just as successfully, often right next to their harder tracks; I'd say they started as rock but there are many many albums that are right on that edge of 3 or 4 or 5 harder "rock" songs and I suspect other bands are the same.  Similarly massive 70s groups like The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan both started in rock but both soon branched out and created many albums in that grey area.  (The Doobies' mellower than usual 1978 "Minute By Minute" LP has been cited by some as an early harbinger of the decline of rock; like it or hate it, "What A Fool Believes" from that album was a huge hit that bore little resemblance to their earlier work but spawned a whole generation of soulful synth pop.  Foreigner which was initially a hard rock band lurched farther and farther into pop and synth based fare. 

One thing I find a little jarring is that a lot of the "oldies" and "soft rock" stations are now playing stuff from the 70s and 80s that is at times harder than the contemporary tracks.  But music is constantly evolving and all it takes is one breakthrough band with a new rock sound to turn it around again.  Whenever they pronounce the death of something somebody talented out there inevitably finds a way to bring it back at least for a while.
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