The imminent death of the rock star archetype might not be news to most of us, but it’s still a bit alarming to hear the death tolls rung out by someone who can claim to be one of the world’s last rock and roll superstars. Noel Gallagher of Oasis (and more recently of High Flying Birds) recently lamented the end of the music industry as we know it–and the subsequent death of his role in the world.
Says Gallagher: “Rock stardom will die because nobody will make enough money anymore to be rock stars. Everybody will be jobbing musicians. It’s unbelievable. The music industry has changed beyond all recognition. The music business we signed into does not exist anymore.”
It’s true–major labels are dwindling and dreams of striking it big in the music business have weaker and weaker footing in reality. And what’s especially scary for folks like Oasis or people who want to be them is just how fast that rock star narrative is blinking out of existence. “What is fascinating about that is that there was a way of making money and selling records that got happened upon in the sixties and it worked for 30-odd years, then all of a sudden, in under a decade, it’s gone, never to return,” said Gallagher. It’s a weird cultural shift, but hey–if it means we’ll see fewer bratty frontmen acting out across gossip news channels, the death of rock stardom might not be the worst thing in the world. [NME]