May 20th, 2009
12:51 PM ET
E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt is troubled by the state of rock ‘n’ roll. A couple months ago he made a speech at the SXSW festival about “A Crisis of Craft,” in which musicians aren’t woodshedding enough, don’t know their history and are adrift in a music business that doesn’t know how to develop them. You can read the complete talk here.
It’s an ironic situation. Today’s musicians and music fans have access to more material than ever - there are more songs in the iTunes store than could be found in the world’s greatest record retailer back in the day. Sites such as Allmusic.com function as one-stop music encyclopedias.
Moreover, rock ‘n’ roll has had hard times before, but then the Beatles or Ramones or Clash or Nirvana arrived and it awoke again.
So, what do you think? Does Van Zandt have a point? And what can – or should – be done?
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– Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer
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