You're talking about mainstream catching on like fads. True. It just so happened that the world was hell bent on going away from mainstream in the 60s and that's why the beatles got as famous as they did. People today seem to run to embrace the mainstream...afraid that they'll get left behind if they don't.
Originally Posted by alpha1
Hendrix, in my opinion, was on a different plane though. He broke ground then so what would stop him from breaking it now?
Eric Clapton wasn't like this when he started. He was actually very similar in style to Jimi Hendrix at that point. He was a monster guitarist and his work with the Yardbirds and Derek and the Dominoes does show him that way. I think his music evolved the way it did because of the sadness in his life in general with Pattie Boyd and then with the death of his son. Incidentally, the Mr. Slowhand tag comes from a concert where he took a considerable amount of time changing his guitar string and not, as people often mistakenly interpret, because he wasn't fast on the fretboard (I'm not insinuating that you didn't know that....but did you?).
Also, the mistake some musicians make is trying to stick to the same genre throughout their lives. I've often said this on here before...if music is supposed to expressing what's inside you and you don't stay the same forever, why do you expect your music to stay the same? Surely, it should change with you? It's rare for someone to stay the same as they were in their 20s.
The problem with Rock music is that it's become mainstream now...but this had to happen right. The generation before us loved rock music so it's obvious that they approve of it....which goes against the very soul of rock music which was a form of rebellion. Of course, it had to die out. It's a circle really...not easy to find a root in it.
Time it was and what a time it was,
It was a time for memories, a time for confidences.