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Worn out leather jackets.
Black skinny pants.
Groupies. Lots of groupies.
Smashing guitars in hotel rooms and getting caught in Tokyo for trying to smuggle marijuana into Japan.
These terms and phrases reflect only some of the things that have come to inform the public imagination about what makes up the image of a rock star.
its not only rock and roll! (toxicomano @ flickr: http://www.flickr.com/people/toxicomano666/)
While a careful and thoughtful analysis of pinpointing the precise social, economic and cultural factors for why rock music in the West suddenly became so pretentious deserves a completely different blog post altogether, I believe it can arguably be said that there are indeed certain elitist values, beliefs and stories that contemporary western rock music romanticizes and perpetuates.
Some of these stories include believing that western rock music is the only “pure” form of music out there since it doesn’t involve the use of manufactured, artificial, lip-synched or auto-tuned sounds like all the other music of today.
In this kind of story, there is the assumption that western rock music is far more superior in form and content because it is “more raw.” After all, the singers sing and write their own songs and heck, these artists must have toured dive bars for years, so they must be good because the people of dive bars really know good music!
Another story told about western rock music is that it is THE MUSIC of youth rebellion, despair and sadness.
You can’t really be as sad as you say you are if you haven’t listened to that infinite Cure playlist I made for you last week.
In my opinion, the most frustrating story told about western rock music is that if you don’t know and internalize everything there is to know about a particular band that you like (how they formed, what went into making each album, where they are now), then you’re not really a “good” or “true” fan. (more inside…)