Is it Just Me or has “Rock” music vanished??

Ok so I’ll preface this by saying that I know that each generation has their own music and their own definition of “Rock”, but is it just me or does the current generation of Alt indie rock music even fit the definition of rock music?  From Wikipedia:

Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States.[1][2] It has its roots in 1940s’ and 1950s’ rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by rhythm and blues and country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical sources.

Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar and drums. Typically, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse-chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis. The dominance of rock by white, male musicians has been seen as one of the key factors shaping the themes explored in rock music. Rock places a higher degree of emphasis on musicianship, live performance, and an ideology of authenticity than pop music.

Over the last few days, I’ve tried some of the newer groups like War on Drugs and The Antlers and this morning I went down the chart of Alt Rock on the Roots Music Report and I don’t hear the elements of ROCK in  any of them! See I grew up in the early rock years and I’m not going to say that they were the best years of rock even though they probably are, because through my kids I listened to a lot of rock from the 80s and the 90s bands like AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Van Halen, REM and many more, these guys knew how to ROCK. So my question to you listeners of current popular music is there anyone in the mainstream making rock type music? In other words if I like “Rock” who should I listen to?? And that means guitars blazing à la Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Cream!

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  1. Andrew

    check out California Breed (Glenn Hughes & Jason Bonham), The Rival Sons (very Zeppelin-esque), Kyng (singer sounds a little like Chris Cornell from Soundgarden), and Volbeat (check out their most recent “Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies). I’m sure I can come up with some more.

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