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  1. 1. Artem Naida CHC2D 05/01/11 Music: 1950 – Present Music has always been a prevalent force shaping society, but during 1950 to the present ithas become such a force that it warrants its own essay: namely this one. Music from the 1950s tothe present is a rebellious, youth-influenced form of expression, which continues to be aCanadian form of expression against borders and limits which changed Canadian society from astrictly conservative state to a far more liberal and tolerant society. The subtopics which I willdiscuss in this essay are: the general theme of music, the target of musical rebellion, and theimpact of music. In the timeframe of which this essay is to speak of, music had evolved to encompass astrong rebellious theme from which in branched out, in its primary forms at least. The music ofthe time did not just rebel for the sake of rebelling of course; there was a myriad of differentvariables, each of which contributed their own cause to the evolution of music towards saidpoint. This era would be known as the era of the baby boomers, the results of the massivepopulation spike after World War Two. These new young adults inherited a world they saw asoverly strict and full of problems1, and it was from there that they developed a pop culture basedon their new music2. This is roughly from where the music of the era got its rebellious base. Thisnew music was called rock-and-roll, something in which society is very well-versed today.Rock-and-roll drew most of its inspiration from African-American blues musicians3. Thesemusicians were constantly struggling against the stringent racism against them4. This is whererock-and-roll learned how to rebel. This rock-and-roll would soon after split into a rather moreradical splinter called punk rock, which took the rebellious theme of music and really1 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 2342 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 2113 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 2124 Wade-Matthews 76
  2. 2. Artem Naida CHC2D 05/01/11concentrated it. Punk rock was basically a more radical form of rock-and-roll, which held on toits root idea of rebellion. Music was a rebellious form of expression. This new music was greatly created and shaped by the youth of the time, as more matureaudiences found the music crude, revolting, and vulgar5. The baby boom generation’s teenagerscreated a whole new kind of music that the world had never seen before. It was different andradical at the time. This music grew and evolved as the youth evolved; as its creators grew, sodid it. When the youth decided to go from simply rebelling against their parents and their societyto world-wide problems6, their music followed them and protest rock at huge concerts becamepopular7. These huge concerts were a testament to the fact that it was the youth that created thismusic, as even though the more mature world rejected such music, it still became highly popularand boomed. It was one of the central characteristics of this music: under suppression, it onlygrew faster. The music was youth-influenced. Although rock-and-roll would evolve into an uncountable amount of different genres,there were three very early ones that would go on to split into all the others: original Americanrock, protest rock, and British punk rock. Original American rock first began in the 1950’s8 andrebelled against the societal limits placed on the people of the time period. Protest rockoriginated when musicians wanted to express their opinions on current world events9, such as thewar in Vietnam and other problems going on in the world. British punk rock began when theyouth of the country was faced with harsh economic times, and could not find jobs10. They wereshunned and separated from the rest of society, and thus they created their new form of music to5 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 2126 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 2347 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 2348 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 2349 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 23510 Wicke 17
  3. 3. Artem Naida CHC2D 05/01/11rebel against their situation11. All brought together it is clear that all rock music shared a commontheme of rebellion. The music was rebelling against something. Now, what exactly was it that music was rebelling against? First, original American rockwas a rebellion against societal limits and the strict rules that people had to follow. The musicwas a rebellion against the borders or limits that society attempted to apply to youth12. Protestrock was a rebellion against serious worldwide problems that placed barriers between entirepeoples and countries. These problems could only really be solved when people could learn tosee past the borders they placed around each other and themselves, and looked to see a worldwithout borders. The music was a rebellion between world-wide borders. British punk rock was arebellion against the fiscal limits which were placed around the youth of the country13. Thepeople could not find jobs or money and were thus isolated from the rest of society. The musicwas a rebellion against fiscal and societal limits. All of those music genres were rebellionsagainst limits or borders. In previous paragraphs, it has been outlined that music is a youth-influenced form ofexpression, it is rebellious, and its rebellion is targeted toward borders and limits. Therefore, wecan join all those ideas into a single sentence: music from the 1950’s to the present is arebellious, youth-influenced form of expression against borders and limits. As the music grew and splintered off, society changed along with it. There is no denyingthat as music slowly became more and more radical and rebellious, society became more liberaland tolerant along with it14. Much has changed from the 1950s. The adults who feared and11 Wicke 1712 Gladstone, Christoffer, Brett, Kress, and Crann 21213 Wicke 1814 Hatch 20
  4. 4. Artem Naida CHC2D 05/01/11suppressed the music have now slowly grown to accept and enjoy it. From 1990 – 2000; adultsover 45 more than doubled their share in buying rock music 15. Their demographic now makes upabout 24% of the sales of rock music16. Also, musicians with post-secondary educations aremaking an important creative impact, meaning rock music is no longer the sole purview of theoutsider17. Music has grown with society, and they have shaped each other greatly. The idea thatboth shape and grow with each other means that both impact each other. And with theacceptance of rock music into society, it may be concluded that music changed Canadian societyfrom a strictly conservative state to a far more liberal and tolerant society. To conclude, the general theme of music is rebellion, the target of musical rebellion isborders and limits, and impact of music is that is changed Canadian society from a strictlyconservative state to a far more liberal and tolerant society. When brought together, it sounds alittle something like: music from the 1950s to the present is a rebellious, youth-influenced formof expression, which continues to be a Canadian form of expression against borders and limitswhich changed Canadian society from a strictly conservative state to a far more liberal andtolerant society.15 Hatch 2016 Hatch 2017 Hatch 20
  5. 5. Artem Naida CHC2D 05/01/11 Bibliography/ Works CitedGladstone, Christoffer et al. Canada, face of a nation. Toronto: Gage Educational PublicationCompany, 2000Wade-Matthews, Max. Music, an illustrated history. London: Anness Publishing Limited, 2001Bayton, Marvis et al. Rock and Roll. San Diego: Greenhaven Press Inc, 2002