Does rock music still challenge the ways we do things? Unfortunately not. It may still “rock” the audience at concert stadiums, radio airwaves, and internet-based streaming, but certainly no longer rocks our mind and heart.
Rock music was born out of a movement in the early 1960s, a counter-culture movement that rocked materialism, racism, war, environmental deterioration, and gender inequality. Started as a cultural expression and symbolic system, rock music was then manipulated and transformed into the product of social, economic and legal playgrounds. As the movement was in motion, commercial demand for rock music was rising; many artists bowed to the fame and fortune within the industry. Rock music turned into market driven product instead of creation that keeps voicing out thoughts and enforcing changes.
Rocking the Mind is designed to revive the true spirit behind making music, i.e., to voice out conscience and thoughts to address cultural, social and political maelstrom. The above-mentioned issues are still alive and kicking, but rock music today has nothing to say about these issues. Perhaps by listening to this program, we can once again put music as an intellectual expression, not as a thing within creative goods.
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