Pop Music And Culture

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Pop Music and Culture

Pop Music and Culture


"Progressive pop," "classical pop," "art pop," "symphonic pop" these labels have been applied over the last twenty-five years by a variety of authors to assign a fashion of popular music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, primarily by British pop musicians. During this time groups like King Crimson, the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, the Nice (and later Emerson, Lake, and Palmer), Gentle Giant, Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull, Van der Graaf Generator, as well as Deep Purple tried to blend late-'60s and early-'70s pop plus pop with factors drawn from the Western art-music tradition. But as in any other activity, the periods between two waves are not downtime but quite the opposite. Probably never made so many good songs as in the 1958-1962 period (high school), which had turned off the rock and roll and even the Beatles, had not emerged. The interregnum between them and the sound record is enormously productive: jazz rock, salsa, blues British Philadelphia sound, and heavy metal rock - a whole world of experiences that never strikes a vacuum. On the other side in the 80's it looks back again with some adjustments as the native rock, reggae, punk or new wave and fed a huge renovation in terms of instrumentation with the adaptation of cybernetics and electronic instruments are sometimes moving and living with other traditional instruments.

Within one year, 1958, Elvis Presley leaves for military service, he entered prison Chuck Berry, Little Richard becomes a preacher, Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash and Jerry Lee Lewis succumbs to the scandal of a wedding "damn" with a southern belle of thirteen and put things, the editors of the record companies went looking for new heroes able to fill the gap left by such an accumulation of coincidences, giving rise to a generation of teen idols, school age, and very well captured in "American graffiti" or "Grease" are the teen idols or high school.

Folk Protest song

The pop music history would be incomprehensible without knowledge of the interactions that were taking place between the rock rhythm and music that existed. And at the beginning of the 60 came the folk, a musical trend that had less to do with the new experiences of American youth with the old traditions. Their backgrounds are in the 30's and a lone wolf who was Woody Guthrie, by his side grew and taught Peter Seeger, who managed to make folk music popular in commercial circles, his was political battle music.

When in 1959 the organizers of the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival decided to open a section devoted to folk, did not know they were working together to create one of the great social forces of the 60: the protest song, great peace sitting, burning militarization of the primers. That 1959 out of Newport consecrated a Mexican-university named Joan Baez, staunch pacifist and possessing a beautiful soprano voice.

One of the most brilliant musicians of the moment was Robert Zimmerman, better known ...
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