Like It Is: Bob Dylan Explains What Really Killed Rock ’n’ Roll
Brent L. Smith
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“…some of the best music ever made has been made in the last 10 years…”

Music, yes. But Rock and roll? Not so much. I haven’t heard a truly great rock record since the mid-nineties. There’s been nothing I’ve come across to compare with, say, Nevermind or Loveless. There’s been no Never Mind the Bullocks, no Electric Ladyland, no Revolver, no Ziggy Stardust, no Out of Step, since the nineties, the decade that saw the record industry turn alternative music into a genre.
Sure, there’s still a scene. But if you plucked someone out of a club in 1983, and plopped them into a club in 2016, likely the only difference they’d notice is that the cigarettes in everyone’s hands had been replaced with cell phones. 
All of the energy and innovation of the last twenty years has been in Hip Hop and EDM, and genre hybrids. “That *is* Rock ’n’ Roll!” you might say. Is Stereolab rock music? I guess it kinda is, but your basic guitar, bass, and drums kind of rock hasn’t seen any innovation for some time. Sure, there’s still good Rock music being made but, nothing that’s turned it on its head. I’d love to be proved wrong.
I never thought, back in the late seventies - early eighties, that kids’d still be on Punk Rock forty years down the road. It used to be that we saw a revolution in Rock every decade. But if, in our post-modern world, every era’s music and fashions are acceptable, what is there to rebel against? Nothing. And that, my friends, is what killed Rock and Roll.

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