Tell me something, in a day and age when we are trying to understand why things are the way they are in the world, where did rock and roll really come from? That’s something that so many today don’t even consider because, let’s face it, there is no longer any semblance of purity when it comes to rock and roll music.
First off, we’ve eliminated roll completely. No one calls it rock and roll. Rock and roll is something that was played in the 1950’s. I don’t dispute that. In fact that is possibly right. Rock and roll was played in the 1950’s. Since then, it’s been abused and bandied about to the point where today there is very little that resembles the origins of the genre.
Rock and roll music was basically a combination of sounds. It was hillbilly music with a beat. It was vocal music with “doo wops” attached. It was gospel music with sex. But why the term rock and roll? Supposedly that was the creation of disc jockey Alan Freed. He coined the phrase as legend has it. The reason? Kids were rocking and swaying and rolling to the music. Pretty dumb, huh?
Well, now it’s been 60 years. What would the pioneers say about today’s music if they were allowed to say it? That’s what political correctness is you know. It’s taking away the rights people have to openly express their opinion without fear of retaliation and retribution. If you say the wrong thing, you will be destroyed. In other words, don’t tell the truth. Say what you are supposed to say.
But if most were asked, and trust me, I’ve asked many of the long time legends, none is all too happy with what is being done to their life’s work. Remember, the rock and roll stars of the 1950’s and 1960’s created and in many cases died for their art. If it had not been for them, the music might have died itself. But it wasn’t music like today. It was not about money so much as it was about art. When money gets involved, art disappears. I guarantee you no painter or sculptor of renown ever developed a masterpiece believing it would be worth millions someday. They did it because they just had an inspiration. Today, inspiration is money. That’s all. Art doesn’t matter. You can see that in the way the music is presented. The women in music sell themselves not the songs. They dress like hookers and bimbos trying to attract attention to themselves not their art. Their art is themselves. The men are no different. They create music that talks about sex and do so in a manner that blatantly calls upon the lowest forms of human nature. There is no longer a concern about musicianship or playing music. It’s all about money!
This is the state of the art… Rock and roll will never die, according to the song… Well, trust me, it has… RIP.