A sense of elitism has arisen within musical genes, stemming from rock, punk, folk, etc. believing that they are valid and true forms of music, but that due to the way disco is produced, it fails to be a genre. However, disco is much more than a genre- it is a whole unique culture that supports many marginalized identities. As Dyer states, ‘disco is also kinds of dancing, club, fashion, film, etc. – in a word, a certain sensibility’ (Dyer 20). This sensibility not only combats the accusations that disco is not a legitimate form of music, but also provides minorities and oppressed groups a safe space that differs from those that rock and punk may provide. These differences in how disco allows people to be fabulous come through in the aspects
Children covered in glitter and glue is a sight to witness. Scattered around the room are broken crayons, uncapped markers, and torn paper scraps. This image at the end of the day at a preschool means that it has been a good day. When the day had just begun the sound of feet pattering and bouncing down the hallway was perceptible. The teachers knew that when all the children entered the room and saw the table aligned with crafts every student’s eyes would light up with excitement.
Since the founding of the United States of America, culture, religion, and race have always been interlaced. If one of these changed, the others struggled to adapt. There was never a time in America’s short history that these three matters collided more brutally or ferociously than during the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll. It is quite obvious that not one single event, action, or phenomenon caused the turmoil during this era, but rather a perfect storm of cultural and racial revolutions that collided head on with tremendous religious backlash.
Jimi Hendrix formerly stated, “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” A generation which was earnestly devoted to peace, protest, and revolution, the counterculture amongst the 1960’s yearned for change. Rock and roll was far beyond just a genre of music; it influenced lifestyles, protests, and attitudes, thus, kindling an awakening in the youth of American culture. The distinction between parental and youth culture was a persistent root of concern, considering that teens throughout the world found a sense of belonging in this style of music. Differing racial and social groups brewed, worrying the older generations of social
In life, there are few things as organic as jazz music. With its raw sound and scrappy roots, one cannot help but feel life head-on whilst witnessing players produce such a sound right before their eyes. Its origins and arch are a product of the United States’ national culture and identity. Jazz exists not only as a deeply rooted form of art but as a cultural marker, particularly during its commercial peak in the first half of the 20th century. Its impact transcends borders, and it is one of the most beloved musical genres worldwide. The history, popularity and influence of jazz on human culture make it the seminal American art form.
The essay: “Silent Dancing” By Judith Ortiz Cofer reflects on the transitional period in her life where herself and her immediate family made the move from Puerto Rico to the Big Apple, otherwise known as New York city. The timeline for the essay was set in the 1950’s where cultural fusion and blatant racism ran rampant in the streets. A melting pot slowly getting more and more diverse. It describes the struggle which is being foreign in a new land that wants you to assimilate to its lifestyle and habits while on the inside trying to maintain cultural purity.
Conformity is behavior in accordance with socially accepted conventions or standards. Also according to Webster's dictionary social repression is is the act of controlling, subduing or suppressing people, groups and larger social aggregations by interpersonal means. I agree to the greater extent that during the 1950’s were a time of conformity and social repression. In American life housing, genders and culture get an impact on conformity and social repression.
Pop culture during the 1970s originated as a consequence of the historical context of the era. The official end of the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and the Bicentennial of the United States all occurred during this decade. As a result, a variety of social groups such as women, gays and lesbians, as well as racial and ethnic minorities confronted the American conservative ideals that had governed American society since the end of World War II. Conservative white Americans reacted to the civil rights gains that took place in the 1960s and moved to the suburbs of the city, leading to city deterioration. Ultimately the decline of the city allowed for the creation of cultural spaces (disco clubs) that in turn challenged normative American social values.
“The Wild One” written by art historian Ellen Landau focuses on the psyche of post World War 2 American society and how Jackson’s Pollock’s influence was able to shatter the conventions of an “American hero”, simultaneously bringing about change to what is considered to be an acceptable approach to picture making. Landau’s article begins by asking the question “is he the greatest living painter in the United States?” , she lays this as the platform for her central argument, linking this argument by thoroughly evaluating Pollocks deep rooted personality traits which brought about his own unique style of art making.
To what extent has your study of texts from one literary period demonstrated that context and values are essentially interconnected.
It could be argued that the introduction of “youth sub cultures” was a twentieth century paradigm specifically aligned to several factors. 1950s Britain had emerged from the dark days of the Second World War as a country where living standards had risen dramatically, job security had never been better and consumption and leisure patterns had changed considerably. No longer did young men have a war to fight, conscription into the army or a uniform to wear. So instead teenagers began to create their own uniform. What followed was an intense period of creativity based around music, fashion and style. Beliefs were developed, attitudes changed, and mainstream societal and political ideologies were challenged. All of these factors coupled with widespread
Dresses were designed to move while dancing, they were inserted with beadings. The beadings were scattered all over the dress which aim to catch the light when in motion.
In the 70’s dance fever caught everyone with discos danceable beat. Discos popularity took off because of the freedom it gave people. Famous disco songs had themes of homosexual pride allowing the gay community to have more freedom to be themselves. The group most famous for their work toward gay equality was The Village People. The dancing fever craze helped a lot of dance clubs pop up. The dance club you were allowed in to depend on your statues and your ability to dance. The book list one of the most exclusive clubs to be Studio 54. As disco started to fall the movie Saturday Night Fever helped disco
Eco (1973, cited in Hebdige 1979) suggest that his clothing is in itself a form of communication. This is a sign that is evident in the subcultures, such as punks, goths, hip hop, and hippy to mention a few. In this essay I will seek to demonstrate the significance of subcultures being used as a form of social critique; how they challenge normalised forms to convey a message of defiance through their clothing style, artistic practices, public activities, as well as how they present their bodies. The subculture which I will make references to is the punk subculture. Punks, as they are often referred to in society – a community that lives together in an orderly fashion – distinguish themselves greatly by their style (the way in
Some parties just make you wanna jump in and be a guest. And this dreamy ‘Alice in Onederland’ party was no exception. Yasma's parents were inspired by the 1951 Alice in Wonderland movie to throw a party for their little one’s first birthday. All the graphics for the party were designed using scribbled pastel-coloured lines. A child-like font was applied to a custom-made logo that was used to decorate invitations and a number of other festive items, such as framed quotes from the movie, water and juice bottle labels, finger food and cupcake labels, signs, and a photo booth. All of the items – even the labels on the party bags – were brought together by a blue, yellow and pink colour scheme.