During a recent interview with NME, the founder and frontman of the self-named band, Alice Cooper, talked about the history of rock while objecting the ‘rock is dead’ claim and saying that rock has a very solid culture and is actually the only genre that has stood against time.
Alice Cooper is without a doubt one of the most well-known rockstars of all time and he has been active in the rock scene for over 50 years. In fact, just over a week ago, he released his highly anticipated twenty–first solo studio album ‘Detroit Stories‘ which achieved great critical acclaim.
Having a rock career that spans over five decades means that Alice Cooper has experienced a lot in the rock scene and has had the chance to witness its evolution. Thus, his views on the big ‘rock is dead’ discussion are highly valuable. However, although Alice Cooper is an old-school rock musician, his views on the evolution of rock music are quite progressive.
In his recent interview, Cooper said that rock is far from dead because right now, in the world somewhere, there are a ‘bunch of 18-year-kids are in there with guitars and drums, and they are learning hard rock’ and listening to the all-time classics like Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses. There sure are numerous young bands who are trying to ‘resurge that whole area of hard rock and outlaws.’
Cooper went on to explain that he calls hard rock musicians outlaws because they are often the outcasts of society and just like most hard rock bands, he too was an outlaw once. That’s why they are not in the Grammy’s because they are not the mainstream. Cooper believes that this is something positive as that’s how rock and roll started; with outlaws making music and then becoming mainstream.
He went on to say that he feels hopeful about the future and that bands such as Green Day or Foo Fighters are perfect examples of the new generation hard rock bands. Cooper also added that hard rock is the only genre that has not ended, in comparison to punk, disco, and hip hop, which were all influenced by rock. The difference is that while these genres kept changing, hard rock that was at the core stood against time.
Here’s what Alice Cooper said in the interview:
“I guarantee you right now, in London somewhere, in garages, they’re learning Aerosmith, they’re learning Guns N’ Roses — a bunch of 18-year-kids are in there with guitars and drums, and they are learning hard rock. It’s the same with the United States — there are all these young bands that wanna resurge that whole area of hard rock and outlaws. So, in some ways, rock and roll is where it should be right now.
We’re not in the Grammys; we’re not in the mainstream. Rock and roll is outside looking in now, and I think that gives us that outlaw attitude. And I think that’s very good for rock and roll, ’cause that’s how rock and roll started; we were all outlaws at the time, and then we became mainstream. But now, hey, Foo Fighters, Green Day — a lot of great hard rock bands out there.”
He went on to say:
“The one [kind of] music, if you think of it, that started and never ended was hard rock. Because it went to punk, it went to disco, it went to hip-hop, it went to grunge — it did all these things — but the one thing that went right to the middle of it was hard rock. The Rolling Stones were still The Rolling Stones; Aerosmith was still Aerosmith; Alice Cooper was still Alice Cooper.”
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