What makes classic rock ‘classic’? And why does most contemporary rock not sound ‘classic’?

As a musician who grew up listening to classic rock acts from Zeppelin to Santana (alongside a healthy dose of blues and jazz), I’ve always been interested in where the threshold of classic rock is established. Is it a sound? A period? An attitude? Contemporary rock can sometimes be good – indeed, very good at times – but its not … well … classic, is it? So, what legacies does classic rock provide that we can draw on, how can we transform classic rock and move into the future with it?¬†This blog explores some of these questions, and many more related issues that surface in the role of listening to, and making, music.

For anyone interested in my own attempts to create ‘contemporary classic rock’ you can check out Broken Parachute on iTunes or Facebook.


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