Disco: The Cultural Revolution of the 1970s

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Disco Music The 1970s are characterized by disco’s heavy influence on music, clothing, and culture. The emergence and disappearance of bell-bottoms, tube tops, and sequined jumpsuits coincide with the rise and (what some consider to be) the fall of disco. Disco was an expression of exuberance, vibrance, and emotion. It emerged as a new source of free expression and still has resonating impacts on music today. Many different styles of music contributed to the development of disco. R&B, funk, salsa, and urban pop helped lay the basics of disco, but what really set disco apart was its call for escape and release of emotion. The 1970’s were a hard time economically. Inflation, unemployment, and high crime rates left the working-class youth with a strong desire for unrestrained joy and excitement. Disco satisfied that desire, and not just in music. Disco changed several aspects of society. Club culture became more free and …show more content…

What disco did that had never been done before was provide a place where any person, regardless of race, culture, or ethics, could join with other people and have a good time without fear of ridicule or discrimination. For the first time, differences were celebrated instead of tolerated. This idea is well shown by the song Y.M.C.A. by Village People, where a cop, a cowboy, a biker, and a Native American sing together and hang out without anybody caring about their differences. Disco opened up music to themes and ideas that had been previously considered unacceptable, such as sexual permissiveness and homosexuality. These days those themes are more than considered acceptable in music. Also, many parts of disco style didn’t ever disappear. They merely developed into parts of newer music styles. House, hip-hop, and techno music are all strains of developing music style that have roots in disco. Not only is disco still alive, but its influence is thriving in today’s

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