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Guitar music – dead again?

Guitar music is dead again, apparently. What do you mean you didn’t know? Well, it’s your fault for not noticing.

Yes, as utterly ludicrous as it seems following the year when Kings of Leon sold 18 trillion albums and you couldn’t get a ticket to see Mumford and Sons without a hundred quid or the willingness to blow a shifty Scouse tout out the back of the venue, guitar music is yet again being given the last rites. This is being hyped before the return of White Lies, who follow up their rather enjoyable debut ‘To Lose My Life’ later this year.

Guitar music is always dying. It never ever seems to be in rude health, with fans of other music always ready to pronounce it as terminally damaged. That comes from the annoyance at the ubiquity of guitar bands – they never really go away. Like tennis fans spitting ire towards football though, it’s always pointless.

Britain is in the midst of a creative boom in electronica. Rap and dance in the UK is finally finding its own voice after years of simply aping – badly – whatever came out of the US. Sub-genres seem to form and flourish every day. Guitar music may well be a behemoth, but then again, so is pop and people wisely leave it alone (nobody who you like will sell more records than Take That or Rihanna. This is a fact.)

Simply put, some guitar music is good, some bad and most is deeply average. Pretty much the same as any other genre. It is neither dying nor in the first flush of infancy. This is a non-issue.

Anyone would think that some cynical types with a vested interest are announcing that guitar music is dead before a massive act come back and ‘save’ it. Surely not? Though we hear a certain Irish band are in the studio….


3 Responses

  1. Three of the top 4 grossing acts in the world last year were AC/DC, The Greatest Living American, and U2

    Rumours of the death of guitar-based music are a bit premature.

  2. Greatest Living American……who, Richard Hell?

  3. Oprah ?

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