Kurt Cobain On April 9th the world woke up to the news of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Those who followed the grundge music of Cobain's band, Nirvana, were angry, but not surprised. With songs such as "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" and constant references to suicide and drugs, suicide was the obvious explanation for his death. Kurt put it best when he said, "I'm thought of as this pissy, complaining, freaked-out schizophrenic who wants to kill himself all the time." (Bozza) To many people, Cobain just joined the club of rock stars who self-destructed.
Music's Effect on Violence Music is an essential part of life in America today. Millions of Americans listen to recordings from a plethora of artists every day. Since the advent of Rock N' Roll, politicians, law enforcement, and several independent organizations have tried to convince America that music causes negative social impacts on youth. Of the social impacts that music is blamed for, violence is the most shocking. The assumption by the afore mentioned groups, that music causes violence in American youth, is very debatable.
For example, Mr. Raymond Kuntz referred to his son's incident. ''When his wife went to wake their son for school, they found him dead of a gunshot wound, still wearing his headphones with Marilyn Manson's Anti-Christ Superstar CD still in the player. The boy's favorite song was ''The Reflecting God (Nina Crowley, ''Senate Hearings on Music, Newsgroup at page 2, November 15, 1997).'' However, the artists and producers defend the musical lyrics, and claim that these acts come purely from self-inspiration, not extrinsic influence such as their music. If this were true, then why would 59 % of substance abusers name heavy metal as their favorite type of music?
It seems this pair of misguided youth, bummed out after they missed a rock concert because they got the date wrong, decided the best alternative was to rob and kill their way across two states. They popped some hallucinogens into their mouths, sat through several viewings of Oliver Stones song to mindless violence, Natural Born Killers, and off they went on a killing spree. Not as gruesome as the actual movie, but exciting enough for them. One of those they killed was a friend of Grisham's and Grisham believes Stone is to blame for the murder. This is bizarre, first because Grisham, like Stone has gotten rich by catering to his audience thirst for violence and evil in their entertainment.
The victim was only seventeen and she was murdered by her fellow classmates. Th... ... middle of paper ... ... murder a tiger in the grave yard; The Kellers had murdered a man with a chainsaw. All of the children has also admitted that they had been abused by their very own parents. All of these accounts were clearly obscene and did not occur however, The Kellers were tried and imprisoned until 2012 when the Therapist denied that The Kellers actually did any of the things they were arrested for. The Therapist had to have a horrible time living with the fact that he jst ruined two people and their children’s life it’s time like these that the death penalty should be reinstated.
Ever since Columbine, a high school shooting involving two gunmen and thirteen students killed, it seems this was so similar to Pandora’s Box; now that it’s been opened, its bringing chaos. One of those gunmen at Columbine, Dylan Klebold has used the excuse being bullied enough to a state where there was no escape. This is no excuse for taking a fellow student’s life. There are many other reasons this is said to have occurred. It’s been a constant battle that rock music encourages bad behavior and violence in teens; Dylan’s case was just another bonus to add to the whole idea; “…that blaming stock scapegoats for that tragedy - such as... ... middle of paper ... ...ten, not with how tragic and preventable it was.
For example on March 21, 2010, Kathy Powell, the mother of 21 year old Taylor Powell, who was brutally murdered by Jarrod Wyatt outside Klamath, Oregon, said the suspect's recent insanity plea was a complete lie. Mrs. Powell said she knows little about what happened that night, but voiced frustration about the defense's efforts to suggest her son somehow instigated the fight that led to his death. Wyatt, age 26, was being charged with murder, aggravated mayhem, and torture. He pleaded a dual plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. Along with the family’s devastation, they are also particularly worried about Taylor's brother, Andrew, who learned of the killing while on duty with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne in Afghanistan.
“Concerts get such a band name, because of all the [violence] and everything like that,” said Limp Bizkit (a ‘flavor-of-the-month’ band) guitarist Wes Borland. Sprains and broken bones resulting from moshing (a violent form of “dance” in which fans careen off one another) and crowd surfing (a practice in which fans are passed over head by the members of the crowd) have been common at concerts for many years. As many people remember at Woodstock ’99 the destruction at the festival was at its peak. This shows how degraded popular culture has become. “The thing that I felt was unfair, in the follow-up in the press, was the demonization of a generation,” said guitarist Tom Morello of, a popular band, Rage Against the Machine, “There was just this vilification of a whole generation and the bands that they like, based on this concert.
As I stated earlier, Manson and his pseudo-family kick started their murderous behavior because of Manson’s deranged mine that the song Helter Skelter was telling him of the apocalyptic beginnings of a race war. Manson had stated plenty of times that the black man was going rise and begin killing the whites and turn cities into “an inferno of racial revenge.” I believe that Manson had discriminatory behavior towards African Americans because of the time period his murders had occurred. The sixties were times of drugs, love, peace, and anger, depending on who you were. It was the beginnings of a new era of rock n roll, with Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and more. New drugs were hitting the streets and the United States was at war with Vietnam.
Charles Manson is one of the most sinister and evil criminals the world has ever seen. His troubled childhood and twisted view of society led him to organize a cult that committed bizarre and brutal murders that shocked media, and struck fear into the hearts of every American in the 1960s and still does today. Charles Manson and the Family had a huge and pivotal influence on American culture, which ultimately lead to the fall of the love generation and hippie counterculture. Charles Manson’s illicit upbringing contributed to the manipulative criminal he grew up to be. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1934 to an unmarried 16-year-old mother, and to a father he never met.