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Monday, July 30, 2012


Rock-n-Roll is dead! Long live skateboarding!!

Who shot Rock & Roll?
As an icon of both rock and skateboarding Duane Peters is the missing link and shows where rock-n-roll is heading to:
 skateboarding. Duane Peters playing extreme Rock & Roll at Pedro Barro's Pool... Photo Sofia Tauana at RTMF, Brazil
Rock-n-Roll is dead? Long live skateboarding!!

Where I live, in Los Angeles, there are simply no Rock radio stations. The only so-called Rock Radio on the bandwidth are playing 2,000 songs from the 70’s and 80’s over and over again and those radio stations brag that they have the best rock variety on earth. 2,000 songs? You must be kidding me right? I have 7,000 rock songs on my tablet and never seem to get enough… So either the music directors of those radios are just old punks trapped in the past, or the flow of rock-n-roll has come to a screeching halt…

Rock's obituary has been written and re-written in the past few years. In Britain, where much of American rock has taken its cue from,
The Dew Tour, the X-Games, the Street League, each stops is drawing anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 spectators.
Isn't that the new form of rock-n-roll? Bob Burnquits Switch backside air.
pop albums outsold rock albums for the first time in seven years in 2011. And while the Grammys are hardly the best barometer of the health of any kind music, the artists nominated alongside the Foo Fighters in the Best Rock Song category -- Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, Coldplay and Radiohead -- are telling of the direction the genre is taking.

Whatever the style, just give us some good rebel music, not prefabricated singer from reality TV. So, if rock and roll is dead, who shot rock and roll? That’s what the expo at Annenberg is trying to show us, with pictures from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s… So, rock-and-rock went belly up in the 90’s?

Rock 'n' roll was never just about music, it was about attitude
and so is skateboarding…
And if rock is dead, who are gonna be the next rebels without a cause? I was watching the trailer for the expo, and thinking, “everything they say about rock can be applied to skateboarding”… Think about it, skateboarding has it all, the in-your-face attitude, the creativity, the boundless sensation, the mags, the vids, the fans, the world tour and the 50,000 full stadiums…

Rock-n-Roll is dead? Long live skateboarding!!

Who shot Rock & Roll, exposition at:
The Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, July 30, 2012 




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