How The World Would Look Without Rock And Roll
Band T-shirts? What Band T-shirts?
Imagine a dystopian society where classic rock not only doesn’t exist anymore, but never existed at all. Woodstock is still just a place in upstate New York, James Marshall Hendrix enjoys a decidedly un-rock and roll Army career before dying quietly at the age of 80 in Seattle, and Keith Richards is a self-help guru, helping unlock the secrets to a long life.
The thought of a world without the classic tunes and icons we all grew up on and the culture that came with it is more than a little terrifying but lucky for you, you don’t have to think about it – we did it for you! Here’s a look at 10 ways the world as we know it would be different if classic rock never existed:
1. The Greatest Rock And Roll Song Of All Time Would Never Be Written
And the band that wrote it wouldn’t exist, either. Robert Plant would likely be an accountant while Jimmy Page, who never would have been inspired by Elvis Presley’s “Baby Let’s Play House” would have enjoyed a quiet suburban life in his native Heston; John Paul Jones would likely still be doing music, performing as a pianist while drummer John Bonham would probably have become a carpenter like his father. Either way, these four brilliant minds would never know each other, much less come together for “Stairway To Heaven” – Led Zeppelin’s masterpiece and one of the greatest rock songs ever written.
2. Band T-shirts? What Band T-shirts?
That’s right! The chosen attire of rock fans everywhere for decades wouldn’t exist. Somehow, a Frank Sinatra or Perry Cuomo t-shirt doesn’t have the same effect as your favorite Pink Floyd t-shirt.
3. Teen Guitarists Wouldn’t Struggle Through “Smoke On The Water” At Guitar Center
As much as we hate hearing butchered strains of Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” when we head into Guitar Center for new strings, we’d miss hearing the next generation of garage bands playing terribly as the college kid at the register shakes his head and runs our credit cards.
4. Woodstock Would Still Just Be A Place In Upstate New York
5. Cowbells Would Be Used For…Well, Cows
Blue Öyster Cult wouldn’t exist, therefore “Don’t Fear The Reaper” would never have been written.
Which means Christopher Walken would never utter the words that defined a generation:
6. Four Words: The Ed Sullivan Show
No Elvis, no Beatles, no families gathered ’round the TV every week for the next big thing in rock and roll. Need we continue?
7. Most Current Musical Acts Wouldn’t Exist
That guilty pleasure song you secretly can’t stop singing along to on your morning commute? Nope. Gone. Most modern musical acts were influenced by classic rock bands and artists, either borrowing in the form of sampling for songs or even having some of these legends produce their albums. Which means…
8. J. Biebs Would Be Working At Forever 21
Can someone please, please make this happen? If I hear that “Sorry” song one more time…
9. No “Free Bird” To Scream At Concerts
As much as bands pretend they hate hearing fans scream “PLAY FREE BIRD!” at concerts, they’d miss it if Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd didn’t exist and late frontman Ronnie Van Zant went for a career in major league baseball instead of writing songs.
10. The World Would Generally Be A Dull, Lifeless Place To Be
From fashion to pop culture, classic rock in all its shapes and forms is who we are. They said rock music wouldn’t last, but 6 decades later we’re still cruising down the highway at sunset to “Hotel California” and rocking our children to sleep with “Cat’s In The Cradle”.
Take that, naysayers!