Who Says Rock Is Dead? [UPDATE]

What’s this about rock being dead, murdered by unscrupulous pirating kids? That notion spouted by Gene Simmons received quite a bit of attention earlier this month, caryring all the way up to CNN. (Check out the CNN article here which even links back to something I wrote on the subject. Cool!)

In my piece, I opined that kids were still discovering the glories of three chords and an attitude. And a new survey published by the BBC seems to bear me out.  Here are the top instrument choices made by kids for music lessons in the UK:


  • Keyboard 30%
  • Piano 28%
  • Recorder 28% (WTF?)
  • Classical guitar
  • Drum kit 14%
  • Electric Guitar 13%
  • Violin 12%
  • Percussion 6%
  • Bass Guitar 5%

The full story can be found here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

One thought on “Who Says Rock Is Dead? [UPDATE]

  • September 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Holy Fraek! I’m following a CNN reference! Good for Alan…


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