None of this is any surprise to any of you, you’re surrounded by it. But lets give ourselves some perspective with this next silde:
Diversity and Music
Diversity and MusicEducational Slideshow by Natan Wythe
What is Pop Music?Pop Music is no longer a sound, or genre of music!Pop radio today consists primarily of: American Roots Country such as Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, Country and Blues like Mumford And Sons and Cage The Elephant, and Jazz influenced singer-songwriters like Norah Jones Electronica Virtually all of Rap and Hip-Hop is electronic based, while many famous artists such as Black Eyed Peas have been known to sample famous classics.
What was Pop Music 100 years ago? RACIALLY SPLIT. White’s listened to early Country, Bluegrass, Ragtime, and Folk music. Black Pop Culture had a thriving music scene as well- however, Jazz, Blues, and Soul were almost exclusively considered to be “Black Music.” Additionally, Women were scarcely featured in popular Music at all.
Elvis was one of the first artists to evertranscend the cultural norms of modernmusic. How?
Elvis Presley and his role in Civil Rights Music! Elvis created the perfect blend between white country and black jazz and blues, to such an extent that when his first recording, “That’s All Right Mama” surfaced, many were unsure of his race. Many Music Historians say that Elvis’ early concerts after his rise were the first multi-racial public music events in American History!! Through his unique hybrid of Jazz, Blues, and Country, Elvis Presley came to invent what became known as Rock and Roll- a genre that would change music forever. Additionally, his hip-shaking was revolutionary at the time- it was even cut-off from his first public TV broadcast!
Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix was one of the most notable artists during the 1960’s. His Guitar playing was legendary, his songwriting was gorgeous, and he performed like none other when he headlined Woodstock in 1969. Jimi was born and raised in America- his early influences were black blues artists such as B.B King, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf. However, his music truly transcended race, as his music played a vital role in the uprising of the revolutionary 1970’s.
“Blondie” played a massive role in thesexual liberation of popular music.
Protest Music: New And Old, just as significant. Protest music is extremely important to almost all cultures. Something about music reaches out and touches people in ways that other arts cannot, making music an ideal way to inspire racial change. “We Shall Overcome” was sung during the Civil Rights Movement by protesters, and is still sung today by people of all races at a variety of protests. “Imagine” by John Lennon (1971) can be easily described from it’s lyrics: “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” “Where Is The Love” by The Black Eyed Peas (2003) speaks about racial differences, and how people should all simply get along.
Thanks for viewing!I hope you learned a lot- Music is one of the most diversearts in the world, and it should be celebrated as such by all. The question, however, remains: Is music asculturally accepting as we’d like it to be? Music in otherlanguages occasionally pops up on the radio, but do youthink there are still norms and taboos in the musicindustry? And lastly, if you don’t take the steps Elvis, Jimi,or Blondie took to make change, who will?(-:-Natan
Attributions! The songs from this podcast are: “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley “Manic Depression” by Jimi Hendrix “One Way Or Another” by Blondie All images from this podcast were found using a creative commons image search, especially set to find images that can be legally modified and distributed. The links are as follows: http://www.flickr.com/photos/basspunk/3844008338/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddsock/71878427/sizes/z/i n/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/4039779846/