Nick Cave is one of the few rock and roll innovators left in our time. From his post punk antics with The Birthday Party in the early 80s, to his furiously intense live shows with The Bad Seeds, he is truly a unique character. And a talented character at that. Mixing contemporary rock with a from of experimental blues, he can capture any imagination.

He recently posted a response to a fan post about the rise of moralism in the modern age and how this is impacting the current music seen.

It seems to me there is little new or authentic, as it becomes safer, more nostalgic, more cautious and more corporate.
- Nick Cave

Whilst a vast majority of his work doesn’t constitute traditional rock and roll, it’s the attitude and aggression that accompanies many of his works that helps the listener to identify his rock and roll roots when absorbing his creativity. It’s a very different, dark and dissonant from of rock and roll.

“Rock music has lurched and shuddered its way through its varied and tumultuous history and somehow managed to survive,” Cave replied. “It is within the very nature of rock ‘n’ roll to mutate and to transform – to die so it can live again. This churning is what keeps the whole thing moving forward. As musicians we are always in danger of becoming obsolete and superseded by the next generation’s efforts, or by the world itself and its big ideas.” He went on to detail the current state of the rock music industry:

He continued: “My feeling is that modern rock music, as we know it, has anyway been ailing for some time now. It has become afflicted with a kind of tiredness and confusion and faint-heartedness, and no longer has the stamina to fight the great battles that rock music has always fought. Rock music has always been on the commercial edge of the industry. Big names such as Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin made sure rock would stay in the mainstream for many years to come, however, even when it was underground back in its heyday, it was at least dangerous and exciting. Rock music today is in danger of becoming too polite, too predictable and mostly, too boring.

With more and more musicians treating their social media accounts as their primary motivation for music, you have to wonder where the soul of rock is heading, where it has gone even.

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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