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Is Shillong still Rocking?

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

By Prasanta Phukon

Rock music’s popularity is waning as pop & hip hop come of age


Thunder’s Cave performing in Meghalaya Icon VII in 2018. (Life Unearth)

Is the ‘rock’ genre dead? In Shillong, the question can fuel long conversations and debates but conclusion will remain elusive in most of the times.

Rock music’s popularity has taken a hit globally at different times as the industry evolved from one form to the other. In the seventies, rock music lost the market to disco; in the eighties came the hair bands; nineties saw the rise of hip hop. The death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 was a setback for rock music that was almost lost with the emergence of boy bands.

At the turn of the century there was a glimmer of hope with a handful of bands like White Stripes, Strocks and Arctic Monkeys keeping up the rock spirit. But they were mere imitation of the best of the fifties and sixties.

Even today, the top 100 chart of the international music industry is a disappointment for rock lovers. Imagine Dragons and Greta Van Fleet are among the few names to look for.


Rock capital or is it?