Re: Is Rock Dying? Agree / disagree? True / false?
posted at 2/10/2014 12:15 PM EST
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
One of the biggest problems, I think, was the advent of downloading and MP3's and online retailers and the damage that was done to bricks-and-mortar record stores. The old record store was a fabulous place for people to meet and talk about and experience the excitement of new, good, rock music as it came out. Here in Canada the death of Sam The Record Man was a huge and symbolic loss. The Sam's on Yonge Street in Toronto was like the Disneyland of record shops in Canada. It was immense...your adrenalin was pumping as you roamed through it like a kid in a candy store.
Record stores were hip and cool and smart and all that. The record buying experience has been dumbed down.
This is one aspect that's mentioned in the CR article. Interesting to note, too, is that the sale of singles has done lots of damage to the sale of albums. Don't get me wrong, it's been a boon and there's no turning back,but the music industry has had to adjust to the huge loss in revenue (not to mention the younger audiences who don't want to pay a dime ... even for a single).
There is no question that album sales are down. Another interesting fact: rock fans are the most likely to buy albums. So if you mess with rock fans ... the thing is, they will still be very loyal.
And the closing of the brick / morter stores, slowly over time, is certainly like a "death" in a part of the music sales industry -- and very symbolic in terms of the way the consumer now pursues purchasing music. It's solitary, there's no bonding with other music fans.
Again, there are tremendous advanrtages as well, no one would argue with that.
But what we're talking about is a different "experience".
It's not *just* the music itself -- it's the entire experience, as a consumer.
Funny, too, but there was a mention of photography in the article : never has photography (cell phones ...) been so popular, and yet, photography is dying, too.
I don't think that would hit home as hard to me if it hadn't been for the most recent time I checked an "art" photography book after I went to an art exhibition. No longer glossies in the book -- it was all digitized photographs. $$$ price tag. Utter crap. But that's what we're up against, that's what we're being sold. Note: I did not buy the book.