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Rock and roll has undoubtedly stood the test of time, but the 1990s marked an abrupt shift in its trajectory. Perhaps Jethro Tull winning the Best Hard Rock/ Metal recording at the 1989 Grammys was a harbinger of the bizarro world to come. The 90s hit and suddenly guitar-driven rock was compartmentalized to traditional rock, a fizzling hair metal scene and some strange new animal called grunge.

With the aptly titled Nevermind, bands like Nirvana all but made the music industry completely forget about tried-and-true rock acts that dominated the decades before. Was it a natural progression of culture and taste, or something more contrived and calculated? This YouTuber raises some interesting points…

Conspiracy Theory: Did The Music Industry Intentionally Kill Classic Rock?

I know this video is way off the beaten path but it's something I thought about for a long time. It doesn't make sense that all of these artists suddenly weren't able to get anyone's attention and all seemed to be moving away from mainstream acceptance simultaneously.

-Dave Gibson