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1950's Music Presentation

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This powerpoint presentaion is about everything that went on in the 1950's. In this presentation we will explore all the major events that happened during this society changing decade. This is part of my A Level Media Coursework, so I hope it helps you.
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1950's Music Presentation

  1. 1. By Hamidah, Gulnaz & Hafsa
  2. 2. How was music distributed in the 50’s? Music was distributed through vinyl disks and records
  3. 3. Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. He is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King“. He was born on January 8, 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi, United States. And died on August 16, 1977, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
  4. 4. Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music. Dolly was born on January 19, 1946 in Sevierville, Tennessee, United States. And is now age 69.
  5. 5. •Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He was born on October 18, 1926 (age 88), St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  6. 6. Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was born on September 7, 1936, Lubbock, Texas, United States. And on February 3, 1959, Clear Lake, Iowa, United States
  7. 7. Little Richard Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter and musician. He was born on December 5, 1932 (age 82), Macon, Georgia, United States
  8. 8. Bill Haley & His Comets was an American rock and roll band that was founded in 1952 and continued until Haley's death in 1981
  9. 9. Women's fashion During World War II and the 1940s, clothing was greatly influenced by rationing and limited quantities of fabrics, threads and needles. Fifties fashion helped define a woman's place in society, especially for wives. Five different types of outfits began to emerge for women during the decade, each with its own purpose. Women's clothing could for the first time be sorted into clothing for different occasions. Corsets, controllers and bustiere tops were standard beauty fare and latex and nylon slimmers were marketed towards women. Bras and bust paddings helped achieve a defined and cone-like shape. The choice of clothing made in "stout" sizes and for older women started to fade into the background.
  10. 10. Men's Fashion For men, fashions changed very little throughout the decade. Choices were suits, sport coats, slacks, sweaters, or casual wear all in similar fabrics and styles. Occasionally bolder patterns might emerge for casual wear, but business clothing remained largely unchanged during the fifties. Work clothing for labourers was usually in the style of the military, because a majority of the men at the time had served in the armed forces or were still a part of the military.
  11. 11. Teen’s Fashion Around the middle of the decade a separation between child and adult styles began and the gap was filled by teenage clothing. Teens started to get disposable income from parents and part-time jobs, they also started to gain more leisure time and that combination meant more shopping. Around 1955, we start to see that some of the biggest trends are targeted towards teenagers. Suddenly, whole departments and catalogue sections are devoted to (mainly female) teenagers and young adults. At this point, teenage culture and clothing also became a larger part of television, movies and music.
  12. 12. Cultures and Subcultures In the early 1950's the American Pop Charts were dominated by the likes as Doris Day, Frankie Lane, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Nat King Cole, along with many others. Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll were the popular music culture. In the 1950s among teenagers in the United States, rock and roll music was a major part of the culture, and styles were influenced by singers like Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Marlon Brando and James Dean. In the 1950s, these youths were also known as "hoods," as in "hoodlums." This was because the style was more popular in poor neighbourhoods that had higher crime rates than upper-class neighbourhoods.
  13. 13. Music Styles & Trends The 1950s was a prosperous time in American history. The unemployment rate was low, and families began to buy houses and cars in record numbers. Although this decade was relatively economically stable, it was also socially turbulent. Events that occurred during the civil rights movement brought the nation's attention to racial injustice, and desegregation resulted in significant conflict and violence. Teenagers started their own cultural and social category amongst American Citizens. Eager to express their freedom and values, they would test the boundaries of sexuality and consumerism. The explosive economy of the 1950's gave advantage for the Teenagers of the 1950's to practise this. Teenagers began to flout authority and challenge the social environment. They were not trusted by the majority of their parents who believed they had it "easy" after the war.
  14. 14. Political influence on the 50s Music The 1950's were a time of changes and the music of the decade both reflected the cultural changes that were happening while still holding on to the societal norms of the past. Following the detrimental effects of World War II, the United States was about to embark on a musical journey that would change the face of music for decades to come. Racial tensions were being strained with the beginning of the civil rights movement and music reflected many of those tensions. Rhythm & Blues (R&B) and Rock 'n' Roll popularized "black" music and many African- American musicians rose to prominence and enjoyed success, but while some were able to reap the benefits of their work, many others were forgotten or denied access to audiences through segregation. Others believe that the popularization of R&B and Rock 'n' Roll only helped to bridge the gap between blacks and whites and further the civil rights movement. While those genres paved the way for future music, traditional pop and country music clung to the past with old standards remaining popular and a multitude of covers topping the charts. Either way, this decade was a time of innovation that helped to influence everything that we listen to on the radio today.

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