All popular music, no matter what the genre, tends to move in cycles of varying lengths. There is some chatterRead more
It was on this day in 1972 that a new thing called “HBO” started broadcasting. As for music news forRead more
At first glance, trends and sounds in popular music seem come at us random fractalized bursts. Viewed up close, that’s how it appears. But if you’re to stand back–far back–patterns begin to emerge. And these patterns have held surprisingly true over the last sixty years.
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.
Let me tell you how it’s all gone down.
I have vivid, vivid memories of 1986. I was working at an adult contemporary radio station in Winnipeg that specializedRead more
Here’s a thought-provoking article from Journal of Music. Just remember that correlation doesn’t mean causation. Still… The demise of theRead more
[This is from frequent contribute, Larry Lootsteen. I have a feeling this may resonate with music fans of, shall weRead more