Robert Jackson

Survivor of the War on Rock

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Survivor of the War on Rock is the full-length independent debut from New York state's Robert Jackson. The title references Jackson's take on the state of music business trends and economics at the time of the record's 1995 release on AIF (Anti Industry Formula) records. According to Jackson, "rock & roll will never die," despite the marginalized feeling certain musicians might feel when summarily rejected by the industry. It is really the oldest story told: one's explanation for one's own failure through the assertion that everyone else is either stupid or evil. Well, there are quite a few artists of the grunge era and every other age of modern music that deserved a much better chance than they probably received. Judging by this release, Robert Jackson is not one of them. Survivor of the War on Rock is hackneyed and amateur, without any musical, lyrical, or artistic merit. The only point of interest about this record is figuring out whether or not it's a gag.

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