The Various Genres Of Music Had A Positive Or Negative Effect On Society

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Elizabeth Ward May 4, 2015 Mrs. Donofrio ELA III In the past 50 years has the various genres of music had a positive or negative effect on generations of young adults? For hundreds of years, music has developed through all kinds of ways, such as broadening society’s perspective, influencing fashion, and creating new music from the old. But has music in the past 50 years influenced positive or negative affects on society and younger generations? As Dave Holland said, “I think that what is important is that the music be honest and direct and that it is relevant to today. I think music needs to be of its time and speak to that time.” (NP) Music has changed in the past 50 years, but more importantly it has changed the people of its time.…show more content…
Trends of subcultures were first started from music artists using their fame and power to change and begin fashion statements. There were tailored suits with anoraks to bell-bottomed trousers in the beginning decades. (Bradley NP) Artists and bands such as David Bowie, The Beatles and Johnny Cash created new ways of dress and attire. Many of these trends carry on to the current decades to inspire celebrities and artists in how they dress as well. Rock n’ Roll, Country, Rap, and Pop have all created their own personal fashions unique to their own genre. There have also been other forms of self-expression, such as dance styles, tattoos, body piercings, and even graffiti that have been influenced by music in the past 50 years. For example, breakdancing and the electric boogie came from Hip Hop, R&B and Rap cultures. Music influences a lot of aspects of life in society. Younger generations are formed and guided from the example of music and its artists. From the 1960s to the present day, music genres, ranging from rock n’ roll to rap, have influenced the younger generations in their choices of social rights and wrongs, fashions, and other forms of self- expression. The study authors, Primack, Dalton, Carroll, and Argawal, said, “Music is well-known to connect deeply with adolescents and to influence identity development, perhaps more than any other entertainment medium.” (NP) It is both
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