The Black Keys believe rock n roll is dying and they know exactly who they blame for its decline, the School of Music’s student news and music guru Robert Gant reports.

Is rock n roll on the way out? Dying a sad and painful death? One of rocks finest ever duos, the Black Keys believe it is. The lack of guitar music in the UK top 40 charts might indicate that on some levels, they are right.

So what do the Black Keys think is behind the decline of rock music? In a recent interview with Rolling Stone they gave a fairly clear idea of what, or rather who they think is to blame.

Drummer Patrick Carney said ‘Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.’

He added ‘So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that.’

‘Rock and roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit.’

The comments come as guitar groups go through a rough patch in terms of singles successes. Albums from two of the UK’s biggest rock bands, Kasabian and the Arctic Monkeys, did well in the album charts due to a strong fan base but both failed to make any noticeable impact on the UK singles charts.

Others would point to Coldplay’s recent success in the singles chart with their hit ‘Paradise’ and say guitar bands are still able to make an impact.

What is the answer to revert rock n roll’s decline? That is a matter of debate. However, it seems the answer isn’t Nickelback.
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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+

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