USA Today music critic Edna Gundersen took part in an online chat on Tuesday, addressing several questions about the state of rock music. “I’m quite encouraged by the emergence of creative rock bands with pop sensibilities, but my optimism is guarded, given how these sudden movements tend to flame out or deteriorate into copycat marathons,” she said, referring to bands like Jet and Franz Ferdinand. Her words weren’t so encouraging for the aging rock bands. “I do think a lot of aging rockers are getting boring and lazy and a lot of young rockers are simply boring and untalented, largely because they’re thrust into the marketplace long before they’re ready,” she said. “Guitar gods, the centerpiece of much ’60s rock hysteria, have all but vanished.”
The transcript at usatoday.com has since been removed.