The Demise of the RockStar
So here I was toolin around town with my best friend, partner in crime, and fellow Drunken Hillbilly when he made the comment that there are no more innovators in music today. No more Beatles. No more Deville’s. No more Lynyrd Skynyrds or Doors or even Rolling Stones. There are no bands on today’s radio that stand a chance of becoming the next legend. Do you know who he blames? The fans… He says they’re too fickle… too easily distracted by the next big trend. But do you want to know who I fault? I assume you must if you’re still reading. I blame the marketing companies. The record labels. Hell, the artists themselves!
The way I see it these people get together and come up with every possible way to bribe, manipulate, package, and produce what was once an art into a single-serving product that is as disposable as it is forgettable. The days of someone getting behind a musical project because they believe in it… because they hear something truly original… because they think that by supporting this artist they can watch history being made are long gone. Instead young artists line up in front of Sun Records thinking that if they share the same space as greats from the past they will become the great musical legends of the future.
What they don’t realize is those great musicians had to sacrifice. They had to find a way to stand out against the million other aspiring artists and show what made them different. What made them more than just a flash in the pan. Those greats had something that made them unique and irreplaceable. And above that, they stayed true to it. They didn’t pump out singles for a buck to the next fickle fan down the block… they produced music that carried with it their heart and soul. Their dreams. Their lives. And those are the artists that became part of our lives growing up.
So tell me… which musicians are your kids carrying with them for the rest of their lives? Justin Timberlake? Miranda Lambert? Fergie? Rascal Flatts? Don’t get me wrong… they are entertaining, but they are just not going to hold a candle to the legends of the past.