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Is the real music dying ?


al's left peg

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Hi guys, I was fortunate enough to witness Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play at the Stadium of light on Thursday. This is the second time I have seen him, the last time being 1985 on his Born In The USA tour. On Thursday he was on stage for roughly around 3 hours and 20 minutes and it was a fantastic show. No flashy stage set up, no pyrotechnics just a man and his music playing his way through a 30 odd year career.

Last night I watched another great performer on TV, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers live at the rain sodden Isle of Wight Festival. Again this guy, although in his 60's put on a great performance with a band that have been with him for most of his career.

Recently reported was that the Rolling Stones are preparing for one last hurrah, due to old age and failing health. I had a conversation with a colleague and fellow music lover and we are both in agreement that there is not much coming through to replace or take on the mantel of these great bands once they have gone.

As I have a wide interest in many musical genres, I would be interested in any opinions as to who they think will have any longevity in the music industry or has the king of "auto tune" Cowell ruined the music industry beyond repair?

Cheers, Al

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Aitchbee

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Mozart Bach 'n' Beethovan (..Rhymes with Bachman Turner Overdrive).

Anyway...the classical composers of yesteryear did not have to worry much about record sales...200 years ago there wasn't even electricity!

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rickf

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Stone The Crows, now there's a band!!

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Forum Editor

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"Nowadays any loud music played on a guitar is automatically "rock", whereas true rock and roll is based on an eight bar blues with its roots firmly in C&W."

I couldn't have put it better myself.

It's a bit like Rhythm and blues. To hear some people talk you might think that R & B is a recent innovation, whereas in fact it had its origins back in the 1940s.

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AitchBEE

If you're going to play around with Beethoven's name you might at least spell it correctly. What possible connection he might have with Bachman-Turner Overdrive beats me - the band was named after two band members and the name of an American trucking magazine.

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Joseph Kerr

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Oh, for goodness' sake.

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Joseph Kerr

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It's not like the only choice is Springsteen or the latest Cowell puppet.

As for how people use the word "rock"...Oh, I can't be bothered.

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Aitchbee

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FE you missed my point - the two expressions (Top Line) in bold have the same number of syllables...Emmerson Lake & Palmer also have seven syllables....might have been a better example!

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AitchBEE

"FE you missed my point"

Along with pretty well every other person on the planet, I would imagine.

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Aitchbee

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...well FE, that's showbiz!

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Snec

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rdave13

I could not agree more, I thought about saying that myself. I enjoyed it when singers were backed by the music, not drowned out or taken over by it.

I mentioned Rap earlier and was just saying to the kids (again) that it is not music at all. Of course they like to argue so I asked them to hum or whistle three separate Rap 'tunes' - they can't but the're still trying to win this one, I think I'll let 'em. Anything for a quite life, after a bit anyway.

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