Is Indie Rock Dying?

Here we go.  More hand-wringing over the state of rock and its inevitable and imminent demise.  Even as indie music continues to fill the gaps created as the major labels retrench, someone somewhere is all too willing to look on the dark side.

This article from The Guardian moans the decline of British indie rock:

This year’s Brit awards will be a melancholy experience for indie fans. The genre’s big performers on the evening will be Blur and Noel Gallagher, a pairing that will evoke memories of the 1995 ceremony, when Britpop swept the old guard away, and thus highlight the contrast with the current state of play.

The latest issue of Q magazine opens its review of the new Maccabees album with the rhetorical question: “Has there ever been a worse musical climate to be a guitar band in Britain?” The past is another country. The British public buys guitar music there.

Read the rest here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “Is Indie Rock Dying?

  • January 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Award shows being nostalgic, who'd a thunk it?

  • January 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Ya well I had to put up with musicians my age all wanting to relive 80's classic rock, everyone gets nostalgic…Still wish Oasis never actually sang their own songs.

  • January 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    How do you calculate the drop in sales? Are they only looking at CD sales? Do they factor in illegal downloads? Did the record company promote them? Did they get radio play?

    Or was there music only a trend and never meant to be listened to again in five years and still be great?


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