We have had a slight break for technical reasons, but now are back on track with our contributions from Holland Park school with this brief but neat historical analysis on rock music over the decades put together by Maria. Maria, we bow to your knowledge and taste! Enjoy this one, it really has some great songs which you can hear by simply clicking on the links.
“The art of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion.” – Concise Oxford Dictionary
Music: one of the rare things that is able to evoke so many emotions. It is able to hold sentimental memories and has the power to leave you feeling nostalgic. I believe that on many occasions we overlook the significance of music and the impact that it has on our lives. We all have grown as the musical industry has developed to what we hear today. As a thirteen year-old today i wonder about how music will have changed in 20 to 30 years. Will it lose its magic and importance when it becomes increasingly modernised? For this article i wanted to look at the evolution of music and the affect it has had on our lives.
In the 1940`s blues and jazz music grew successful with the population of america,especially. Jazz artists such as Billie Holiday and Louie armstrong were very popular thought the decade. Blues music, one of the main influencers of conteparygeneres including pop and rock, was also big in the 40`s. It told the personal woes of black men and women that faced police brutality and segregation during the mid 20th century.
The 1950`s was the birth of rock and roll music; this new genre, characterised by its heavy beat and simple melodies, dominated popular music during the 50`s. Also the 1950`s saw the increasing in popularity of the electric guitar; this instrument,favoured by rock and roll artists, helped characterise rock and roll music.
Popular music in the 50`s also included swing(a style developed during post war 1940`s) alsop was a popular style of music. Swing focused on the story of the song and emphasised the emotions being expressed. However,as rock and roll artists such as Elvis and Chuck Berry grew successful and other rock and roll music went mainstream,this classic pop lost its popularity.
Elvis Presley ‘Heartbreak hotel’:
During this decade, the rock and roll trends of the previous decade continued. However, pure rock and roll quickly developed into progressive rock, folk rock and beat music, which was dominant in the charts.
Furthermore the 1960`s marked the beginning of the British invasion, in which British beat, rock and pop artists gained worldwide popularity and admiration.
Also the 60`s saw the rise of R&B, soul and rhythm and blues.
The Beatles ‘Eleanor Rigby’:
1970`s: Disco, funk, soul became popular in this decade. Disco music became the biggest genre of the decade. This influx of new pop music transformed the classic rock and roll. Rock also played a vital part in the western music scene. British rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin were increasingly popular.
Reggae music, originating in the Caribbean became well known in Europe and Africa in the 1970`s . The Wailers, a band started by Bob Marley, that later became a successful solo artist in the mid 70`s,gained popularity in the US.
This decade also saw the birth of glam rock; David Bowie was a pioneer of this style that challenged gender stereotypes (men wore makeup and flamboyant outfits) and frequently referenced to classic science fiction.
David Bowie ‘Heroes’:
The 80`s saw a distinctive change in music as artists created unique sounds using digital recordings and synthesizers. Also during this decade many new styles that relied on electronic sound were developed; electro, techno and freestyle all are part of the electro genres.
While in previous decades hip hop was unable to reach popularity, the 80`s was the golden age of hip hop. This urban genre is one that thrives today.
In the 1980`s British post punk bands which appealed to adolescent audiences, continued their success throughout the decade. Bands included in this new genre included The Smiths, The Police and U2. When post-punk lost popularity in the late 80`s other rock genres became inspired by their experimental style.
Guns n Roses ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’:
Rock music continued to be mainstream in the 90`s with the outbreak of Grunge bands such as Nirvana. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers became an important band influencing other alternative rock.
Urban music in the 90`s-that was very popular with the 90`s youth- was often influenced and or blended with Soul, Funk and Jazz (all of which were very popular in previous decades)
Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’:
Unlike the previous decades that i have discussed the 2000`s did not see the emersion of any new styles of music. Many music trends were carried on from the 90`s.
Arctic Monkeys ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’:
Contemporary music is a collection of all previous genres that have been adapted to our generation. Music, similarly to the 80`s is becoming increasingly electronic and digital as technology develops. Unfortunately rock music, a genre that had been successful since the 50`s has decreased in popularity and success.