"Five years ago, rock was the province of largely established artists mining musical territory mapped out years beforer- country rock, blues jams, "progressive" technoflash, singer-songwriter ballads, etc. As for new bands coming up, if they didn't play the hits of the day, they didn't play; if they didn't sign with an established record label, they didn't record. Rock & roll appeared to be stagnating.
Five years later, it's a whole new ball of wax. New rock bands proliferate by the thousands, refining forgotten forms of rock & roll or devising new ones. Clubs are springing up to accommodate them; groups routinely release records on their own independent labels, and some of them get radio airplay. It's a resurgence of rock & roll fervor unmatched since the mid-sixties.
What happened? Essentially, it was a grass-roots reaction to an apparent dead-end situation. In England, bands returned to rock & roll/blues basics and played pubs. Stir in some sociological ferment and a punk-rock revolution was born. In the U.S., groups from New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and all over the nation banded together. Their musical approaches differed widely, but they were united in opposition to what they perceived as the complacency of mainstream rock. A music of a hundred disparate strains coalesced into anunwieldy but animated new scene —sometimes the strains showed, factions developed, rivalries blossomed, but the unleashed energy was unstoppable.
This record, featuring American artists working in a wide variety of styles, draws on this uprising of the past five years. It attempts to capture a musical moment in all its diversity and enthusiasm and raw, awkward, irresistible excitement. It's a distillation of the present and its links to the past and future, and a salute to the endurance of the rock & roll spirit. If there's ¡ one single most cheering lesson to be learned from this new reawakening, it's that rock & roll will stand a lot of adversity and a lot of positive and negative musical influences, but rock & roll will stand." (taken from the credit notes of the album)
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