The Decline Of The Fans Rock And Roll Attitude

Rock and Roll is being tarnished by the very fans that claim they are dedicated to it.

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Rock and Roll. A very broad term that in my opinion that really just boils down to a "Spirit" of sorts. A Way of Life if you will. There are many people that are paragons of Rock and Roll the Rock and Roll Attitude.

When I think of the term Rock and Roll, Angus Young is always the first to come to mind and AC/DC isn't even in my top 10 favorite bands, though I love them as well. I have watched many Angus Young videos along with SO many other guitar greats and Young really comes across as the embodiment of the Rock and Roll attitude when it comes to playing on stage. The way he is constantly running back and forth from end to end on stage and rolling all over the floor while still executing with precision whatever lick or solo he is playing at the time. He is so exciting to watch even though like I said, I wouldn't consider myself a true AC/DC fan like those with memorabilia and such.

That is what Rock and Roll is in one aspect. The raw energy that the musician and band beam onto their fans and in turn cause them to feel that immense raw energy as if it were them up on that stage going nuts.

Rock and Roll is something that the fans carry on in their hearts and every day of their lives. Always going out and exploring, looking for the next best thing, or just something great to cruise around listening to feeling like you are on top of the world, as demonstrated in a scene from the movie, "The Drummer". It is a way of life that we the fans take charge of and in turn create more of these Rock and Roll Gods. We are the ones responsible for the future of our beloved Rock and Roll.

Attitudes changed tremendously after the explosion in popularity and take over of other music types. I feel that this has made so many Rockers bitter and bitter to the point that the Rockers themselves are starting to be THE VERY PROBLEM with the state of Rock and Roll today. Just think about it. There are so many people that are either so stuck up on their favorite bands that they refuse to listen to absolutely anything beyond what they already do. Some of these people actually do make what they believe to be and "effort" to listen to new music and broaden their horizons but these are the same people that give a listen through an album or song ONE TIME and decide, "Oh this doesn't sound like AC/DC, Iron Maiden, or Metallica! This band sucks!" This is the very attitude that is destroying our beloved genres.

If everybody is always expecting good to be, Sounds like this good band or sounds like this good classic band, then how is our Rock and Roll going to grow? If everybody is constantly shooting down New Rock and Roll because it doesn't sound like Old Rock and Roll, the it will surely fall even more into obscurity. We the fans to take responsibility and REALLY LISTEN to new bands. Leave a new album in your car for at least a week or two on repeat and then decide if you really do or don't like it.

We NEED to give these new bands a chance or else it will be almost impossible to keep our beloved Rock and Roll relevant.

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    Gabby1968
    Something I am much guilty of. I can't say I have given any new rock n roll bands a shot, however.. I have been hugely put off by so called indie bands. In England there's loads of them, and they all sound the same and they all look the same. There must be about 8 in my school, and I aren't capable of giving them a chance when I see no originality in their music. I need that, and I need another real rockstar aswell. Demanding I know, but in all honesty, I haven't found any music or any artist post 1990 that has had the rock and roll spirit, and that's what we need, someone/some band to revitalise that.
    MaybeImATaurus
    Gabby1968 wrote: Something I am much guilty of. I can't say I have given any new rock n roll bands a shot, however.. I have been hugely put off by so called indie bands. In England there's loads of them, and they all sound the same and they all look the same. There must be about 8 in my school, and I aren't capable of giving them a chance when I see no originality in their music. I need that, and I need another real rockstar aswell. Demanding I know, but in all honesty, I haven't found any music or any artist post 1990 that has had the rock and roll spirit, and that's what we need, someone/some band to revitalise that.
    Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Death from Above 1979, Velvet Revolver, The Raconteurs, and sooooo many other good bands are post 1990. Get to it and start researching and listening, for your own sake!
    Petey D
    Not sure I agree with your sentiments about giving new music a chance. You're talking about personal taste, which is a very subjective thing. You like what you like, and I'm fairly certain that you can't force yourself to like what you don't. If that makes any sense..... At the same time, I think that everybody should experiment with different types of music so that they can figure out what they really do like.
    CronoMagus
    I totally understand all of your points of view. It does seem that there is a never ending supply of clones out there in the music world today. I was more pointing toward the fact that we need to keep looking through all that garbage to find the diamond in the rough. Sure bands are a dime a dozen these days, and good bands are way farther and fewer in between, let along great bands. This is more of an inspirational piece to never give up looking. I know most of our hopes are in the dirt but you never know, we may have well just missed a few Rock and Roll gods to obscurity in the ocean of crap that is modern music.