Rock and roll is about passion and honesty. In this paper I will describe how one band and another artist used their talents to fuel these traits. I will outline the events that lead up to the British invasion, what influenced the Beatles while dominating the world, and how they influenced the world around them. As time moves forward, I will describe the changing tides in the seventies and eighties for women’s rights and how Madonna used her music as a voice for those who couldn’t be heard.
Women’s music came from radical, grassroots origins in the 1970s thanks to contributions by brave women, mostly lesbians (Mosbacher, 2002). These women used non-violent, peaceful force to forge their own way into the music industry. It was a peaceful yet political revolution of togetherness and liberation. It brought together women of different backgrounds who produced easy-listening, mellow harmonies played with lyrics filled with tumultuous
“You’ve got to listen to the heavens, you got to try to understand. The greatness of their movement is just as small as it is grand.” Most young adults of my generation do not know who The Grateful Dead are, but they unknowingly dawn the apparels and slang created in the counterculture of the bands following the Deadheads. The band, The Grateful Dead, became popular in the 60s and carried out wide spread recognition and fame into the 80s. Their calming, peace-promoting music became popular because it ‘transported’ people, it took them away from whatever they were going through in their life and set them on a new path. Fans of the band
One of the most influential groups of the 20th Century—the Beatles revolutionized rock and roll into what we know it as today. Not only were they great musicians, they wrote and composed each of their songs. The band proved to be popular and exciting causing mass hysteria at each of their public performances. The “Fab Four’s” talent was so great that the phenomenon was termed “Beatlemania” in Britain and eventually erupted in the United States being called the British Invasion of the Beatles (Britannica Online, 2005).
Why does Karen care about my family so much, and she is getting into my personal business which I don't like, but I want to keep peace in this home so I don't have to get kicked out again like all the other times. I miss living in the Bronx of New York, in North Carolina I have not met anyone that I like or that I consider a close-friend , but Johnson and Karen seem nice even though I haven’t talked to them a whole bunch. “Tomorrow is going to be a big day for all of us now you are going to need to get rest to prep for your big day” Mrs Patterson said.
I was very nervous about attending an AA meeting alone, I had never been to one and I surely didn’t not want to go alone. I remembered a close cousin of mind attended AA meetings frequently, so I asked her if she wouldn’t mind going to one with me. I attended the Beginners and Slippers meeting at the Western Club. My first thought on this meeting was that there were going to be a lot of people that are just beginning their journey to recovery. It was very intimidating to attend the AA meeting simply because I felt out of place, like I shouldn’t be there. Once we had arrived to the meeting, everyone seemed so friendly and just like ordinary people. Everyone greeted one another and seemed so nice. There were individuals there from higher class to lower class and they looked perfectly find to me,
It didn’t take long before my nervousness and apprehensive mental state fled. Their group solidarity was pretty evident with a few short minutes of meeting them. It felt like home, like what I was a part of when I was still an
They often had trouble finding gigs and places to sleep. Since the band was integrated, black and white members often stayed in different places. But Ella never let this affect her attitude or performances. These discouraging events made her strive to prove that she was more than she appeared and Ella’s voice carried a sweet sense of integrity that did just that. Ella’s growing popularity throughout America proved that the music of African Americans deserved to be heard. This message was extremely radical for the early 1900s because music created by blacks had never truly gotten the recognition it deserved and Ella was one of the first black musicians to get the American respect she
Life in New York was incredible, I eventually became a junior associate, and you eventually bought yourself into the firm making you a senior partner. The day that you became senior partner, everything changed. The man who told me everything, told me nothing. There were times that you would sleep at the office and when you were home, you would lock yourself into your study. For a moment I thought you were cheating on me, but you cheating was way better than what you were actually planning.
It was late June, 1969. Selena sat in a bar called The Broken Stool in Pickett County Georgia. Music flooded her ears along with the sound of pool balls clashing against one another. Truckers sang along drunkenly and heartily to “Whole Lotta Love” a brand new song by Led Zeppelin. Selena munched on her stale peanuts and looked throughout the room. She cringed at the texture and pushed her half empty bowl away. There was no telling how many times she had been to this bar. Everyone knew her, and they treated her like she was some long lost cousin. Her favorite of the bunch was Davey Chapman, and old trucker with a long white beard and a shameful addiction to cheap beer. His nickname on the road was “Pork Chop”. Selena’s nickname on the road was “Big Red”, due to her long, curly red hair that seemed to go
During the popular music culture of the 80’s, many music groups started standing out in the crowd to us as extremely controversial; none more than the highly controversial
It was a cold winter night in Boston. All alone a man sleeps in his cold apartment, which might as well be a fishbowl, on 56th street. This 27 year old man’s name is Andrew Miller. He is a former architect, but there is a very simple reason he’s only a former architect. He lost his job, his wife and now he’s about to lose his apartment. But there is a bright side to every dark right? He met this woman who he knew he was supposed to marry. She’s 26 years old, 5’6” and she’s beautiful, but everyone tells his that there’s something off about her. Nobody can put their finger on what it is. So we should see how this ends up right? Let’s just sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Ever since 2011, ‘The Supremes’ has been the vocal group that most interests me. Originally called the ‘Primettes’, this female singing group was founded in 1959 and has since been one the most successful groups to date, in America. (Bronson, 265) The singing group had four original members, yet only three of the four made it to the peak of the group’s career; those women being Diane Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard. Proof to this group’s success would be the fact that they rivaled the band ‘The Beatles’ in worldwide success and fame during their prime in the 60s. Not only did they challenge another wildly known band, they did this whilst also making a headway for future generations of African American musicians, which contributes to
The youths, by all accounts, were clean-cut budding musicians, but typified the rebellious look present of youth in those days; however, having grown up in the Panhandle of Texas, they were respectful, courteous and soon won the hearts both Petty and his classically trained musical wife. They often wore identical white t-shirts, blue jeans and donned slicked-back hair reminiscent of James Dean’s insurgent appearance. Their professional demeanor in the studio and fervent love of music perhaps intrigued both Petty and Vi, who at this time knew very little about rock ‘n’ roll and the unique style of music created and performed by Holly and his friends. Vi Petty noted, “They didn’t look like musicians, but when they played, they showed otherwise.” Holly and the boys were becoming seasoned studio
Believe it or not, on January 1st of 1962, the group known as The Beatles flunked their audition at Decca Records in London, England. The label’s executive, Dick Rowe, brushed them off like they were nothing. He simply stated that “guitar groups are on the way out.” Little did Rowe know, The Beatles would soon conquer modern society and alter the course of pop and rock music. There have been no other entertainers in the history of music that has been so popular, influential, or as groundbreaking as The Beatles. In the early 1960’s, their popularity was often called “Beatlemania,” as thousands of screaming fans would crowd their concerts and sing-along with the Fab Four. They sold over 600 million albums internationally and had 20 Number One hit singles – a Billboard record that has yet to be broken. The band took over the entertainment media with music videos and films, but also influenced sociocultural, political, and fashion movements throughout the sixties and seventies. From experimenting with several different genres to incorporating classical elements into their melodies, The Beatles still reigns as one of the most creative and successful bands several decades later. Today, fifty years later, The Beatles and their music are still engraved in the hearts of many.