Rock and Roll and the Rocks and Rollers Everyone has a favorite type of music. Many people follow music closely and have unique tastes. Some people find genres and mixes of genres that they like. People find other people who share these musical interests. People who immerse themselves in a genre or performer find the live performance particularly meaningful and seek out those artists in concert. Music concerts are some of the biggest and most attended events in our modern culture. These are venues where people come together and express themselves through movement and sound. Individuals transcend their everyday experience, connecting to the performers and each other. The experience of the performance and the energy around you is addictive. It’s almost religious. The desire to return to that “mountain top” is powerful. And for how powerful it is to the crowd, it is so much more invigorating for the performers up on stage doing what they love. What if the high just isn’t there the next time? What if a tolerance starts to build up? That’s when many begin to add narcotics into the experience, to rebirth that feeling. Music has been a vital part of culture, and drugs have always been involved in and around both music and culture, effecting the music and the youth listening to it. In the modern era, one of the first big movements in music was jazz. Jazz was an evolution of music that brought together traditional European harmonies with blue notes and improvisation which are usually associated with traditional African music. This music, in its earliest and most basic form, was played and began to become personalized all over the world. However, there are places in the United States that are generally considered the ... ... middle of paper ... ...re. The positive and negative effects are so drastic and large that it is hard to comprehend just how much we owe to the habits of musicians past. Some argue that that part is a positive thing and that drugs are a good thing for creativity and therefore music, many argue that the part it plays takes a toll. Many famous performers have fallen victim to drugs and died premature deaths from related accidents. Amy Winehouse, a famous solo recording artist, who was famous for making music while under the influence, found dead of overdose. She was perhaps most famous for the honesty she had about her addictions in her songs. Another great musician, Jim Morrissey, also was found dead of overdose. As were many icons of music; Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, John Bonham. All these were a direct result of the drug and music culture that they were a part of.
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The first appearance of jazz was at the turn of the century in New Orleans and is called “Dixieland Jazz,” or “Classic Jazz.” It developed out of music for street parades in the black community. It also had deeper roots in a style of music called “Blues,” which was used to express the daily experiences of the community (History). Other influences include the combination of West African folk music with the popular classical music of Europe, developing into syncopated rhythms and chord variations on classical pieces (Passion).
In closing, the undoubtable influence of music, more specifically of Rock ‘n’ Roll on American society is responsible for a number of changes to the status quo. These range from sexual liberation and racial desegregation all culminating with other influences to create an intergenerational identity. Despite the desperate attempts of older generations to smother these influences, these changes ultimately shaped the years that followed, molding the country into what it is today. Along the way these changes as well as individual involvement in them has also eased the lives of many through empowerment and a feeling of community and purpose. Despite a lull and renewal Rock ‘n’ Roll continues to serve as an agent of influence and change in today’s youth culture and continues to burn in the heart of past generations of loyal fans.
Jazz is one of the only uniquely American forms of music. Its roots date back all the way to the Atlantic slave trade. Jazz is still alive and well today. This paper will walk you through Jazz’s rich history. We’ll start with the basics of African music and its influences. Then we will take you through the decades leading to modern Jazz.
First, the new psychedelic style of rock didn’t have to meet any previous restrictions that were seen as the “social norm.” Before the musical revolution of the 1960s, jazz music was the ostentation of the Roaring 20s. Americans were perceived to live elegant and luxurious lifestyles through this time. Therefore, music had to carry this purpose in its meaning. The emergence of Rock went against this style. “No longer obligated to elevate the spirit, to
Jazz had it's beginnings in the 1920's with New Orleans being a major centre in it's establishment as a significant addition to North American culture. As a result of a diaspora from French, Spanish, and African ethnicities during the late 19th and early 20th century, New Orleans became a cultural hub with an established black community. The classical influence of the European settlers, as well as the African and Caribbean cultural aspects, merged to create the birth of the New Orleans brass band sound, now known today as Dixieland Jazz. Dixieland Jazz featured prominent bandleader and musician Charles “Buddy” Bolden, who arranged music for special community events such as weddings and funerals where dancing was an integral part of the musical performance. With the beginning of the 20th century, the public wanted ne...
...f her walking around on stage with a bottle of whisky, constantly taking swigs. Janis sums up the mindset of many in her song “Get it While You Can” when she sings, “...but then who cares, baby......cause we may not be here tomorrow.” It is a tragedy that she was taken from us so early in her career because of this mindset. Sadly this was to be the fate of many great musicians of the time. Drugs have and probably always will be connected in some way to the creation and consumption of music. While many musicians have paid the price of the use and/or abuse of drugs, the music that they have left behind is priceless.
Throughout America's music history, the use and abuse of illegal drugs has been widespread, and some great musicians' lives have been utterly devistated and ruined by drugs. Often times it seems as though, in studying their histories, many musicians are falsely led to believe that if they use certain drugs, their playing will improve, or become more creative. Many great musician's lives have been tragicly cut short because of their drug use, and God only knows where some of them would be today had they not fallen into the trap of believing a chemical substance can improve their musicianship. The tragic thing is that by the time they realize that the drugs are only hurting their performance, the addiction has already taken control of their lives and their music.
2. What is the difference between a.. Describe the “rockabilly” sound pioneered by Sun Records in the mid-1950s. The term rockabilly has been used to describe a type of music that was very unique and without a doubt one of the most influential genres of music in the development of rock and roll. Dating back to the 1950’s, Rockabilly was a new and interesting form of music.
Jazz and drugs are often a mixture of destruction being that many musicians were associated with drugs like heroine, alcohol, and marijuana. (Jazz Culture, Pg,78) Drugs killed many musicians at a very young age. Paul Chambers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania transformed the bass from outlining triads to playing intricate melodies. According to Frater, Jamie (July 8, 2009) He suffered from alcoholism, heroin addiction, and tuberculosis. ( Top 10 Jazz Artist Who Died Young, Lis)
Not only is it nearly impossible to pinpoint jazz’s conception in time, many locations are accredited with its origin, the United States allowed for jazz to start gaining popularity and leading into the change it had to the music scene. When jazz is brought up, many first think of its birth place being New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans has always been a big musi...
It is difficult to show the effects of music on the individual, but it is easy to see how the individual chooses genres of music based on mood. The soldiers in Iraq, for instance, listened to a song by the band Drowning Pool titled, “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor,” over the speakers in their tanks. After listening to the song it would be easy to see that they didn’t just choose the song because they thought it pertained to their current situation. The song is loud, fast, and hard. The song fueled the soldiers. I don’t think that it made them into bloodthirsty savages, but I do think that it pumped them up with adrenaline. Walk into any random Gold’s Gym and I’m sure you will not hear classical or new age music, but instead some sort of rock. David in the Bible played music to soothe Saul. Due to David’s harp and voice Saul calmed down and fell asleep. This is present even in today’s society. After work, school, or any other long, exhausting event, it isn’t uncommon for people to go home and put on some soothing music in order to cure them of their horrible day.
After discussing about the inferior female identity inside rock subculture, the following will delve further into the stereotypes inside rock subculture. Gueguen, et al. (2009) already explains that behaviors exhibited by the in-group are more preferable than that of the out-group due to desire to create rapport and maintain internal harmony. The existence of some particular behaviors inside one group encourages others to follow similar behaviors, which in the end drives behavioral adaptation to one group’s identity (Snyder in Leander, et al., 2011).
The term genre in music can be used to describe different forms and styles of music all over the world, whether it be country, rock, jazz, pop, and so on. But the terms used for genres can be considered broad and/or vague, so music that is commonly classified in any given genre can be categorized more specifically. For example, jazz can be a broad term for other subgenres such as Cool jazz, Free jazz, Dixieland, Ragtime and numerous other examples. This general rule applies to many different genres of music, and metal music is no exception.