music from 1970-2014
by ANDREA .C
"Music is found in every known culture, past and present, varying wildly between times and places, involving all kinds of people in the world."-unknown
Have you ever felt a certain way while listening to your music on the bus or during class? Music develops a certain mood to everyone in different ways whether the song itself reminds you of an old memory to the point where you cant relate to the lyrics. Or in other cases you listen to a really catchy beat and can not help but actually moving to it. These are some of the things music makes you do, but haven't you questioned yourself to how teenagers were moved, how they reacted or how they embraced the music they listened to back in the 70's and 80's? because their music compared to our kind have very distinct vibes to them. The real Question is how did the music in the 70's until now changed so much?
In North America, Europe, and Oceania, the decade was all about the disco, which became one of the biggest genres of the decade, especially in the mid-to-late 1970s. In Europe, a variant known as Euro disco rose in popularity in the end of the 1970s. Apart from disco, funk, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, and soul remained popular throughout the decade; Rock music played an important part in the Western musical scene, with punk rock thriving throughout the mid to late 1970s. Other sub-genres of rock, particularly glam, hard rock, progressive, art rock, and heavy metal achieved many times of success. Other genres such as reggae were innovative throughout the decade and grew a significant following. Hip hop emerged during this decade, but was slow to start and didn't become significant until the late 1980s. Classical began losing a little momentum; however, through invention and theoretical development, this particular genre gave rise to experimental classical and minimalist music by classical composers
The YOUTH CULTURE and popular music has sent shocking performances through American society ever since: various groups appeared like hippies, teenyboppers, punks, metal-heads, rappers, and ravers. Music, and the styles of clothing, language, and behavior so closely linked to it, has provided adolescents with the essential basis for a common sense of identity. By the 1960s, the energies that had fueled rock and roll's rise were starting to show. The children of the BABY BOOM, that demographic era lasting from 1946 to 1964, were entering their teenage years. Rock and roll, a genre supposedly devoted to fun and loudness, had now become rock, a more serious "Anglo-American art form with cultivated links to politicized folk music and the hippie generation's notion of youth as a self-consciously oppositional counter-culture. New heroes like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, essentially same to the boomers in background, inspired them to pick up electric guitars, grow their hair long, and experiment with sex and DRUGS. Woodstock, a three-day antiwar festival that drew hundreds of thousands to upstate New York in 1969, how sixties rock offered a mass cultural vision of authenticity and community.
afterwards, as the Stones played a different festival in Altamont, California, a young black attendee was murdered by Hell's Angels bikers who had been hired by mistake to protect the stage. Rock had lost its innocence, and as the music's popularity grew in the 1970s and 1980s it became a far more standardized industry. Young female teenyboppers were encouraged by TEEN MAGAZINES and AM radio to consume airbrushed pinups like Donny Osmond and the Bay City Rollers. Boys read Rolling Stone, listened to FM radio, and learned about arena rock, the cartoonishly heavy metal sounds of bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. The music's cross-racial alliances faded as black and Latin disco and funk separated from white singer-songwriter earnestness. MTV, a cable network at the time, relying on music videos for its programming, appeared in 1981, linking rock to television around the clock. The youth market was bigger than ever. Stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen enjoyed global popularity. It was now possible to find kids in virtually every location on earth obsessed with the same musical icons.
Americans enjoyed many the new changes in their standard of living in the 1980s. One major transformation was the new, expanded role of television. Cable television, although available in the 1970s, became standard for most American households. This change ushered in a whole host of new programming.
Americans who enjoyed sports could watch the ESPN network 24 hours a day. Nickelodeon catered to the children of the baby boomers with youth-centered daily programming, and to the boomers themselves by broadcasting reruns of classic sitcoms at night. Americans could catch up with the news at any time by watching CNN.
MTV, or Music Television, brought a revolution to the recording industry. MTV broadcast music video interpretations of popular songs. MTV redefined popular music. Stars like Madonna and Michael Jackson were much more able to convey an image as well as music. Madonna's "Material Girl" message typified the values of an increasingly materialistic decade.
As many things were becoming new in the 80's music kept developing where everyone enjoyed and heard the same genres. More and bigger things started to appear into teenagers life such as many drugs, which were considered recreational in the '70s, were revealed as addictive, deadly substances. As reports of celebrities entering rehabilitation centers and the horrors of drug-ridden inner cities became widely known, First Lady Nancy Reagan's message to "Just Say No" to drugs became more powerful. Regardless, newer and more dangerous substances like crack cocaine exacerbated the nation's drug problem which influenced many teens at the time.
As rock aged, another genre started to appear in its dominance over youth culture. Punk, a movement from within rock that began in the mid-1970s, gradually became the music's oppositional wing, inspiring an audience that still looked to rock to behave as the antithesis of manufactured pop music. A generation of college students used punk much as an early generation had used folk music, positioning themselves outside a corrupted mainstream. Alternative rock, a commercial variant of punk that briefly held sway in the 1990s, was epitomized by the Lollapalooza festivals, a post-baby boomer Woodstock of sorts. Music at that point had real instruments that you can hear and lyrics that many can compare to. Teens were very experimental back in the day and listening to a certain love song got them thinking. And notice how i said "LOVE" not "LUST". One song that was really known for was "I wanna know what love is" By Foreigner. This song in particular had clean lyrics (and so did alot of songs) and I will compare this hit with songs that use love in a matter so provocative, in the following.
so technology has been introduce, tv shows, drugs a whole bunch of new and interesting things. the 90's where the rock and punk were hiding away and more boy bands and beautiful girl singers were coming out with their catchy no rhythm and beats.
But rock was now simply one established genre among many competing for the younger demographic. Rappers replaced rock stars as icons of youth rebellion: although Eminem was white, most of the other major performers were African American, including Public Enemy, N.W.A, Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac Shakur. Country music, including Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and the Dixie Chicks, courted suburban youth with a slicked-up twang. A new breed of boy bands like N'Sync and the Backstreet Boys, revived the teenybopper for the MTV era. Dance beats appealed to a subculture of ravers, whose consumption of the party drug Ecstasy terrified parents who had grown up experimenting with marijuana to the sounds of rock. Nerds more inspired by their computers and video games than by the radio down-loaded songs on MP3, much to the chagrin of the music industry, which saw album sales plummet at the turn of the century.
music of today
I can't say that my generation of music is all bad i myself listen to it. But there are some songs in particular that are annoying and ridiculously pointless. Songs of today lost the meaning of "song" no one could care less if the lyrics talked badly about anything, as long as it has a beat to dance to and you're able to "twerk" to it, than the music is set to go. Songs of today make any teenager feel all big and strong and the mind set that they are capable of doing anything themselves without anyone's help but their own. Money, drugs, than themselves is the motto. There are songs that talk about a woman's body in the most sexual and inappropriate way. how smoking is the pain reliever, how sex is the life of the party and much more really stupid things. Are there still songs that have meanings? i can say yes not like the 70's and 80's where they actually talked about life and meaningful things. Technology has advanced really quick where even if you don't have a talent somehow you can still be rich and famous and that's what sucks the most. You can instantly upload a 6 second video to Vine and be famous for how many people watch and like it, that is how badly our world and generation is corrupt. instruments serve no purpose anymore, think about it for a moment, the beautiful inventions that started music in the first place isn't needed because of technology we have now.
not all music of today is that bad well at least in my opinion but i can definitely say that there has been a significant change in the last 50 years or so. teenagers gone from bad to really bad to just clueless and dumb. music affects the vibe of anyone and everyone from disco, rock and punk. pop to now the most known for rap. You can tell there has been a drastic change.