21 Mar '11, 6am

Has music hit rock bottom?

BOB Geldof thinks that rock 'n' roll, which he called "America's great cultural gift to the world", might be over. And during his keynote address last Thursday at South By Southwest, one of the music industry's biggest festivals, he wasn't merely talking about the Internet and its impact on the industry. Delivering what many attendees considered to be one of the most thoughtful and well-delivered keynote speeches in the conference's 25 years, Geldof voiced despair for what he feels is the disappearing sense of purpose in the music. "Rock 'n' roll needs to be against something. It can't just be," the singer and social activist explained during his 65-minute address. "It always needs a function in which to function. Of course there are great songs. There will always be great songs that don't suggest anything other than being a great song. But where are our Ramones or our [Se...

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