Where Music is Going

Dave Grohl playing with Scream
Dave Grohl playing with Scream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


Author: Chuck

I started out as a child, then things kind of grew from there.  I spend way too much time around computers and radios, but I do like to take a break once in a while.  I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on the radio in college. A bit later on, I wrote an article that was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette (Commodore 64/128 magazine). I also think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

2 thoughts on “Where Music is Going”

  1. Some people think that music has no more capabilities of evolution, but I think that with the development of instruments, music expands due to the unimaginable sounds that can be produced. Maybe one day there will be a violin quartet which is only composed for a pop artist-to-be.


    1. I think it was Bob Dylan who once said that there’s enough recorded music out there that we could stop recording new music and have enough music to last the rest of our lifetimes. True, we don’t know what kind of instruments (or instrument mash-ups) future musicians will create.


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