Skip to comments.Sir Bob Geldof declares rock and roll age dead and doesn't exist anymore
Posted on 03/19/2013 11:30:45 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
SIR Bob Geldof says the rock and roll age is dead.
The Boomtown Rats star and Live Aid icon said: "The central problem is, for us, rock and roll was a social medium.
"That period has passed because now there are many alternative social mediums. Rock and roll needs a context in which to exist.
"It doesn't exist anymore. It's ceased to be culturally relevant.
"The rock and roll age is dead, in my view.
He added: "I'm amazed it died. No-one expected that, but I'm lucky I jumped in halfway through it.''
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I saw the Bootown Rats booed off the stage back in the day. Lots of fun.
I would say it died sometime back in the early 90s...maybe even late 80s. I listen to everything from Bill Haley & the Comets to AC/DC and Van Halen and all others in between, with the Surfer genre both vocals and also instrumentals only being my favorite. Beach Boys all time favorite group for me followed closely by Jan & Dean. Speaking of which, anyone remember the evening a few summers ago Dean Torrence called the Michael Savage show one summer Friday evening?
Dead? Excuse me, but a gang of us just got back from dancing for 4 hours to a great, live band. Music will never die. The man is old and maudlin. Too much chooming.
Poor feller was bullied for having a second middle name like “Zenon”. Back on RTE TV, he tried to play up the stereotypical “controversial” punk rock image by going after anything Catholic. Just an attention-seeker.
I remember the Boomtown Rats’ last Irish gig in Leixlip Castle, although I didn’t go (didn’t have to; it was loud enough and you could hear it on Main Street). Lots of bloodied-up faces walking up and down the town. The U2 and Police concerts at the same venue were much more dignified.
Get ready to boo again. The remainder of the article is all about how Geldof is in the midst of a Rats reunion. Exciting, eh . . . ?
Leixlip? West of Dublin? I visited my grandmother’s cousin there in 1983 while on my first trip to Ireland. :)
That’s the town. Lived there as a kid in the 70s and very early 80s, before they thought of building a highway through there. Not sure if I know your relatives, though . . .
We’re even further along than that. Everyone is an “artist” now. The participation isn’t limited to musical ability, distribution channels or anything and despite that we have in many cases better quality.
I’ve heard “fans” or audience members cover tunes better and more creatively than the original artist. The 20th century was a control freaks dream century of confluence. My hope is that the 21st century is one of liberty, real liberty.
Have you taken a look at the “virtual school” phenomenon that is taking root in K-12? Here in Louisiana, the teacher’s union has broken out in slobbering fits over the prospect of government schools becoming obsolete.
It will be a paradigm shift in the history of education.
Her name was Mary McGushin. She was about 80-85 when I saw her.
One would wish it had died, however the noise still “Rolls” out. The man is right in statinng it was a cultural thing-Western Culture is moribund. That is its meaning.
I love Imagine Dragons. Rock isn’t dead. Just different.
Very perceptive. I'm shocked that rap lasted longer than a few years, and that rap and dance have displaced rock. They're very monotonous.
There was so much variety and great music in Rock's hey-day, which I would peg from '67-'79.
If they ever come for my music they may as well take my amplifier and speakers too. Then they can have fun with it at their after-work parties.
I've always liked rock, but the more I learn about politics, and the politics of most musicians, the less I can stand to listen to it because of the insane liberal ideologies they promote (listen to Neil Young's "Rockin In The Free World", especially the last verse. Eff him and his opinion of America).
Suddenly technology could go around the distribution network, and could connect an artist with an audience without going through the music industry selecting what an audience would hear.
I hear ads on the radio that implore people not to download tunes for free (steal the music) and while I agree totally with property rights, I note that the music industry is mostly protecting itself, not the artists. My understanding is that the artists make their money off of touring, which of course you have to pay to see. Since they've promoted socialism and the destruction of private property for so long, it's hard to have any sympathy for them.
SIR Bob Geldof says the rock and roll age is dead.
Funny? But Rock n Roll says Bob Geldof is dead.
He did that song “I don’t like Mondays” about the girl who shot up a classroom full of school mates.
Maybe he’s just frustrated that, because R & R is based on truthful commentary, and they can’t do truthful commentary as long as their masters won’t let them, it’s done.
Can you imagine anyone singing about the truth behind Newtown?
Rap is honest.
Kids, the audience, seek truth. They’re on to rap, leaving the BS behind in the dust.
And LONG overdue. The idea that all kids have the same learning style is just ludicrous. They need to be exposed to the same idea from different perspectives to fully grasp it. Some (like me) can garner it easily from the printed page. Others need to see it (video) or hear it (audio).
I think what you'll see is course content online, and teachers functioning more as tutors for those who need help grasping certain ideas.
Kahn Academy is just the barest beginning.