Monday, June 16, 2008

Why modern music is no good

A common complaint that you hear on University Campuses is that music isn't as good as it was in the days of Dylan and the Beatles. Most people blame record companies. I have a different explanation.

First, the only mass market for music that still exists is the market for young teenage girls. This explains the popularity of acts like Hanna Montana and High School Musical. University students still listen to good music, but they can't agree anymore. In the summer of love everybody was listening to Dylan and the Doors. Now one person is listening to Kimya Dawson while another person is listening to Two Hours Traffic. Blame Myspace and Bittorent.

Second, music in the sixties wasn't as good as people think it was. Look at a billboard top ten list. Most of the songs aren't very good. These songs don't get play on classic rock stations. Oldies stations get the advantage of picking their songs from a four decade filter of history.

So stop being so pessimistic about music. Besides, having an ipod means that you don't have to listen to the radio anyway.


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