I am a music enthusiast and I think that the Beatles are one of the most influential band in the 20th century. If The Beatles had not existed, the modern music would have been different. The Beatles were formed in Liverpool during the 1960s. In this decade the society and the culture was changing and the Beatles had a rebellious image that the English youth liked. But later, they reached the biggest musical success of modern history in the world, in just a few years.
Constant fighting, numerous affairs, and divorces…would destroy most bands, but not Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac is a Rock and Roll band, but they didn’t start that way. One of their top selling albums was Rumours. They had many problems that led to them splitting up twice. Fleetwood struggled with many of their problems, but won a Platinum and Grammy award for their music, and got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making Fleetwood Mac one of the most emotional and one one of the greatest bands of the 20th century.
Rock Genre Mutation When music from the 20th and 21st centuries comes to mind, many are immediately drawn to the genre of rock and roll. Rock and roll, which emerged in the 1950’s, was unlike any genre before it. It combines elements from several different existing genres such as country music and blues (“Tracing the History of Rock `n' Roll”). Rock instrumentals consist mainly of bass, drums and guitars. Its fast paced tempo, element of rebellion in its lyrics and music, and its popularity amongst young people created a music genre and a way of life that would change the music industry and society forever.
After selling 10 million copies of the album, Nevermind. One of the songs on the album became a hit called “Come as You Are”. Nirvana also, managed to get punk popular in years where punk wasn’t as open and spread. His album became so widespread that it had actually knocked out popular singers off the board and became in the top scale in the U.S (Romanowski, 2001). While being remembered for showing older punk rock to an audience, Nirvana made the low life of punk boom all around the world (Romanowski, 2001).
They became the legends they are for a reason, they were able to take a concept that had been used for years especially in the music industry and gave it purpose. The new age of idols and pop stars who geer towards incorporating their androgynous fashion or characteristics into their stage presence look to Annie Lennox, Boy George and especially David Bowie. Androgyny in the 80s music scene helped artists and their stage presence to help express to the public their
While its effect on a population has been minimal, music has had various uses throughout history. From being part of ceremonies to voicing whole generations of people, music has been pushing the limit on what it can do in recent years. In the 90s/00s specifically, it was a leading force of change and acceptance in the United States towards the Latinx community. The music industry in the United States was changing with more and more foreign artists getting attention. Even though the change that comes from music might not be as radical, it is generally received well and able to influence a greater audience.
An unexpected event happened that made all protesters to his music celebrate. Elvis had received his draft card and was on his way to serve in the Armed Forces and this event forced him out of the limelight. This would show his true colors because he could either sign up for Special Services which means he go through basic training then entertain the troops with concerts that were put on once in a great while or sign up to be a regular soldier in the Military. Elvis made the difficult choice and proved that he was more that his looks or money, he signed up to be a regular soldier in the Army and in doing so he gained the respect of the people who only a couple years prior were condemning him. The sudden change of heart that many people had a positive push in getting his career back on track after his service in the Military.
John Lennon was a prominent singer/songwriter that founded the Beatles and impacted music like no other band before. This impact on music roused society in many ways during the 1960s. After WWII, there was an inflation in consumerism as people began to settle economically in the 1960s. As a result, the need for entertainment increased since people were able to afford entertainment without rationing or supporting the war. Moreover, as a result of the 1950’s, a period of social conservatism and conformity, the “Baby Boom” (1945-1964) produced 76 million babies that John Lennon and the Beatles would impact and, therefore, move emotionally.
The Beatles were one of the first artists to consider their albums more strongly, not thriving off of the success of key singles.10 Songs besides singles were not only filler, creating thematic songs that were consistently high quality, from beginning to end.11 Long before music videos’ popularity in the 1980s, The Beatles made full length films featuring their music, in essence being the first music videos. 12 They also pioneered the genre of Psychedelic Rock along with The Beach Boys, being some of the first to highly chart using guitar feedback and electronic effects within their music.13 It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of America’s young people began to play guitar and form bands from the influence of The Beatles, heightening the amount of garage rock bands forming in the US.14 “Beatlemania”, the term used to describe the intense fandom surrounding The Beatles, was clearly visible through their impact upon fashion.15 The hairstyle shared by each Beatle, the “mop-top”, was seen as messy and was often disdainfully looked upon by adults, yet it began to be widely imitated across youth.16 Their hair grew longer and longer, and other groups followed as longer hair became more socially accepted due to their influence.17 It is difficult to understand the extent to which The Beatles have affected us, transforming music, fashion, and culture in general. The Beatles remain one of, if not the most, influential band in
Drugs had such a big impact in society in the 1960’s because they reached out to more people than just the hippies at the time. One who was uneducated about the 1960’s would only think that the hippies use to drugs – nope! And that is the fascinating thing about it that drugs heavily influenced musician greats such as Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and other influential people such as Ken Kesey and his magic bus disciples (I like to call them that). If you were to walk down the street in the 1960’s and waved at someone that very someone would have been lost in his own Wonderland and I absolutely believe that is how heavily spread and influential drugs were back then! The 1960’s wouldn’t have been the 60’s without the