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2010: A Music Year in Review

Friday, January 14: 11:41 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

Over the last few weeks, several pundits have made splashes with articles declaring the death of “rock ‘n roll.”  After close examination, we here at the Museum see these arguments as more of a testament to the decline of the music industry and not the art form that we celebrate.  The statistics below are the underpinning for these writers’ arguments.  Additional hay has been made by the fact that other stats for the top songs of the year have been reviewed by certain critics and determined by them to include only two or three “rock” songs.  You can probably guess where this latter revelation or “fact” takes me……. how do you define rock

When you step back and take a look at history, so called experts have been predicting or claiming that rock and roll is or will be dead for almost as long as it has been around.  The reality is that more folks, and especially young people,  turn to this art form (as we righteously define it, e.g. rock, RnB, urban, hip hop, blues, etc.) to express themselves than they ever did.  Ya just don’t see gaggles of folk, jazz, or classical, combos spontaneously bubbling up ...

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Record Store Day: Keeping Music Alive in the Community

Tuesday, April 13: 9:37 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer

This Saturday, April 17, is Record Store Day. It’s an international celebration of the places where many generations went to pick up new releases by their favorites, discover new artists, look in wonder at covers and artwork and generally mix with a group of strangers who had the same relationship to music as you. Trying to get people to rally for a commercial concern doesn’t, at surface, seem that noble. But record stores, particularly independent record stores, are an integral component of music in our lives.

Though the internet is a wonderful communication platform, it removed for many the tactile experience of shopping for music. I don’t want to sound like an old fart, but there was, and still is, something to a planned trip to a record store. Sure, you can click a button on iTunes or Rhapsody and get a track immediately. Where’s the adventure in that? You walk in and face the rack of new releases, you troll through the used and the import bins and then you hear a song on the stores’ PA and you ask a clerk about it. (As a former record store employee, I can tell you there ...

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