The first half of the 20th century was driven by jazz. This was the dominant music of the era and thus was the genre that more than any other pushed culture forward.
But then in the middle 1950s, a threat. A new sound: rock’n’roll.
“A fad!” everyone cried. “It’s crap! Eventually, the kids will tire of it and they’ll grow into good music. They’ll soon be into some form of jazz like their parents and their parents’ parents. It’s just a matter of time. You’ll see.”
But then came Elvis, the Beatles, Dylan and the 70s. For the next fifty years, rock was the music that drove the culture. Jazz never went away, but it was reduced to a niche within the wider realm of popular music.
But while everyone was rocking through the 90s, a new sound started taking hold among young people: hip-hop.
Today, hip-hop is the dominant musical form. Will rock end up like jazz? Walter forwards us this video on the subject.