Help settle a contentious argument: friend argues that hip-hop/rap requires less talent than rock/pop, and that the true measure of talent is being able to stand on a stage with nothing but a guitar and microphone. This doesn't seem right to me, but I don't know hip-hop/rap well. Is this a valid position? Are there any musicians in rap and hip-hop that defy this? [more inside]
Looking for more examples of 90s alt-rock songs making heavy use of patter / spoken sections. [more inside]
I really like the kind of post-bluegrass music exemplified by the Gourds' cover of GIN AND JUICE and the songs of HAYSEED DIXIE. Where can I find more of it?
Research filter: can anybody recommend any books/articles/etc. on rock & pop music media in the late 70's and very early 80's. [more inside]
Has rap and hip hop essentially replaced rock? [more inside]