Guitar-Driven Bands Signal New Passion In Rock

Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times profiled the new wave of guitar-driven bands, including the White Stripes, the Stokes, the Hives, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, which has many feeling a new era of mainstream rock with renewed passion and creativity has emerged. “There was a time when I thought rock ‘n’ roll was dying or certainly being watered down, so I tried to sit down in my bedroom and write songs that I wanted to hear on the radio,” Jack White said before one of the Stripes’ L.A. shows. “It’s great now to have people come up after shows and tell me the music makes them care about rock again.”

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