"'The age of the rock star ended with the passing of physical product, the rise of automated percussion, the domination of the committee approach to hit-making, the widespread adoption of choreography and, above all, the advent of the mystique-destroying internet,' he argues. 'The age of the rock star was coterminous with rock'n'roll, which, in spite of all the promises made in some memorable songs, proved to be as finite as the era of ragtime or big bands. The rock era is over. We now live in a hip-hop world.'"
David Kynaston at The Guardian reviews David Hepworth's Uncommon People.
And Geoff Edgers in The Washington Post discusses the decline of the electric guitar.