These young adults wanted to take a stand against the status quo, and be themselves. They wanted to go against the mainstream music scene and all that it stood for. This music genre was used as their outlet for political issues. Focused on the political activism and shaped by bands like The Velvet Underground, early punk music displayed an angry vibe while appealing to a new wave of music fans. II.
The Beatles and more specifically John Lennon had an immense impact on society throughout the 1960s to the 1980s. The Beatles affected society with their music by bringing about an age where experimentation with drugs, sex and hallucinogens (previously taboo) became the norm. They were also very popular amongst the new hippie counter culture as they too were anti-war and shared continuity with the ideals of the band. They served as examples and leaders not only to the hippies and other youth movements, but also to the youth of society in general. The Beatles and their music redefined the rules of society.
What seems to us now as excessive violence and misogyny in hip hop stems from a culture that has been consumed in a continuous battle against social and economic oppression since its early days. In the beginnings of hip hop, there was an explosion of defiance against the subjugation these artists had to experience on a daily basis. For many artists, rapping about guns and gang life was a reflection of daily life in the ghettos and inner-city housing projects. Not only did rap provide an outlet to voice the struggles of black youth, it also gave them a sense of pride. Before major hip hop groups such as NWA arrived on the scene, people would refuse to admit they were even from Compton.
With Kennedy in office, America became involved in the Vietnam War, discrimination, and the discovery of many new forms of drugs and music, which each had an impact that would eventually lead to the Hippie Counterculture Movement. Each of these impacts played a large role in the formation of this subculture protest movement, whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores allowed for them to grow as a union by promoting exactly what hippies resisted. One of the most prominent stimulants for the Hippie Counterculture Movement was America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Generally, Hippies were anti-war, as they preached peace. There was no single event or aspect of the Vietnam War that would spark the beginning of this movement, rather than it representing violence.
This criticism emerged, “with the mainstream success of gangsta rap, where drugs, violence, and misogyny became more prominent” (Holly). The song that can do the best job summarizing the atmosphere of the hip hop industry at the time is N.W.A’s famous ballad, “Fuck tha Police.” Thus, the followers of hip hop developed into majorly African Americans because they are individuals who can understand the problems and struggles that rappers were trying to express through their music. Hip hop music became the unanimous hymns of African Americans, replacing music genres like jazz. However, in the early 2000s, the style and characteristics of the hip hop industry began to change completely because, of course, of Kanye West. Kanye West has one of the most original discographies of any hip hop artist in the music industry.
Since the 1970’s reggae music has gained global recognition as an influential genre on politics and beliefs, infused with Rastafarian ideas distinguishing it as the sound of the Caribbean. Thanks to inspiring artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers, it became a platform for expression during times of war and poverty. Reggae originated in Jamaica to express the discontent in the society. Now, the bounds of reggae have been pushed to further influence cultural and political views in Haiti and Brazil, and younger genres like Dancehall derived from reggae, are heard in popular American music. One of the most defining moments of reggae was the 1978 One Love Concert in Kingston, Jamaica hosted by Marley.
Nirvana Introduction Nirvana brought an introduction to a new type of music, Even though Nirvana lost their lead, they still continued to sustain their legacy in grunge music. They had a slow but steady rise to fame that came to a sudden and painful end. Winning many awards and impacting many people with the feel of grunge, Nirvana had lost many things alongside their journey. Nirvana ushered the age of grunge, won Grammy awards, and secured a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making them a band that blazed their own trail through the 20th century. Kurt’s Childhood People in Kurt Cobain’s past were believed to have influenced some of his future.
Author of Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, explores the origin of dystopian literature by exploiting the fear of a dictatorial government that silences the freedom of future people. Huxley demonstrates his belief that his society approaching a bleak and extreme future through concepts such as recorded entertainment. Recorded entertainment pertains to the modern-day media and its influence on people. The evolution of the media has changed with the normalization of concepts that society has not acknowledged previously such as premarital sex. Huxley personally believed that sexual behavior was a casual concept; Brave New World was part of his prediction that the societal ideology behind sex would change.
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. Most people think Fleetwood Mac is a Rock and Roll band, but that’s not how they started. Fleetwood didn’t start as a rock and roll band, they actually started as a blues band (Lowe, 2004). They were originally a blues