Several years ago, radio station Z100 used the slogan “where music is going.” I suppose if you were a teenager into Britney Spears and other pop acts, it was where music was going. If you preferred the likes of Nirvana and Radiohead, well, it was going somewhere else. However, if you’ve ever wondered where music is really going, Alan Cross may have an answer for you:
Since rock was born in the 1950s, rock and pop have been locked in a battle. Each combatant is 180 degrees out of phase with the other. When rock is strong and on the ascendant the public’s consciousness, pop is on a decline.
Eventually rock tops out and begins a decline as the public’s attention moves towards pop. Once pop peaks and rock bottoms out, the cycle begins again. This back-and-forth dance has played itself out every 12 or 13 years for the last six decades.
There’s much more, and if you have any interest in the history of contemporary music you should check it out.