During a Q&A to promote his latest album Sad Clowns And Hillbillies John Mellencamp gave his opinion on the current rock scene.
SoundAndVision.com reports that Mellencamp explained why he thinks the glory days of rock are long gone. He referenced that before rock n’ roll there was big band music and how it was as popular before rock came along, but he believes everything has a lifespan and then it goes away. Mellencamp said that he’s been saying this for years that as we get further away from the original rock n’ roll it gets worse. He did point out that he thinks there are still great songwriters out there, but we won’t experience them like back in the 60s through the 90s.
Mellencamp also pointed to MTV catapulting rock from just the radio into the mainstream. And although he didn’t like making videos for his songs, he admits that even though he is an average songwriter, average singer, he was in the right place at the right time.
He also thinks that rock n’ roll has morphed and changed so much that he doesn’t think it will find it’s way back. Adding that there was no business model to get it back and that he doesn’t believe streaming will put a young songwriter today into the national spotlight.