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Keith Richards explains ‘what is wrong’ with modern-day rock music

The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has spoken up on what he thinks is wrong with modern-day rock music. The famed musician may well be the embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll itself so it’s clear he may have an inkling or two as to why it’s not the attractive proposition it once was.

Richards, speaking with Rolling Stone, was quizzed about what he believes is lacking from the genre currently and it’s safe to say that guitarist isn’t best pleased with what is dominating the popular landscape. He doesn’t see anybody doing what he did with The Rolling Stones when they were able to breath new and dangerous energy into the music scene back in the day, at least not from the rock side of things.

“There is no new rock ’n’ roll. It’s pointless. There’s great musicians and some great singers and stuff. Unfortunately, to me, in music, it’s been synthesised to death,” Richards harshly stated. “Once you start synthesising things, you’re not getting the real thing.”

He then added, “I don’t want to go into a long discourse on what’s wrong with synthesisers and music these days, except to say they’re cheap and corny.” In the same interview, he also supported the Black Lives Matter movement and said that “it’s about bloody time”. The guitarist explained that black music, which was what he was brought up on a diet on, is “the reason I’m here”.

“It’s about bloody time. I mean, in this country [the US], things are coming to a head. That’s the way it is. You got to deal with it. It’s difficult for me to talk about it, because I am not an American,” he said. “I live here, I am in heart and soul, I am one of you, but I can’t interfere. I’m like Putin, I refuse to interfere in your electoral process,” he added.

It’s a point of view which won’t help Keith endear himself to those who cherish the accessibility of making music with synthesisers and laptops. But, judging by his comment son most people, he won’t really care.

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