Peak Rock ‘N’ Roll?

OK, so you’ve heard about peak oil. According to Wikipedia peak oil refers to “the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline.”

If you haven’t stressed about this, head over to Steve Balogh’s blog and learn why Syracuse is the best place in the country to weather this coming nightmare.

I wonder what Steve will say about this nugget of information I happened across today. According to the blog Overthinking It, we may have entered the time of peak rock ‘n’ roll.

Mashing together Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest rock songs of all time and the Dept. of Energy’s stats on US Oil Field Production, both peaked in the 60’s and 70’s and then underwent steep declines. The blog actually posits: “The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, the Motown greats, and other genre innovators quickly extracted the best their respective genres had to offer, leaving little supply for future musicians.”

Have we really run out of good songs? Should we start stockpiling Stones, Who and Springsteen albums in our basements? The horror! I for one find solace in a group like The Gaslight Anthem and their new album The ’59 Sound. Rolling Stone profiles them as a punk band that worships at the Church of Bruce. Another blow against peak rock ‘n’ roll is being struck by Jenny Lewis, whose second solo album just dropped. Her first solo record Rabbit Fur Coat was in heavy rotation around my house and car for nearly a year.


One thought on “Peak Rock ‘N’ Roll?

  1. NYCO

    I think we’ll have reached peak rock and roll when the absolute last song that ever played on an AOR station in the ’70s has been featured in a commercial for something. I heard the Youngbloods’ “Get Together” in a commercial for diapers the other day.

    Culturally, the Boomers giveth and the Boomers taketh away…


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