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Music genres share common thread

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By Drew Butler
On March 10, 2016

Something that is a common interest among most people is music. If asked, almost anyone will say that they enjoy music to at least some extent. Whether it’s listening to music at a party, making and performing music in a bar band or school organized orchestra, or even studying the history of the progression of music, most people have music as a common interest, but even if music is a common interest, genres of music can actually divide people.

Anyone who has any kind of interest in music has a favorite genre or genres and some may even have a least favorite genre. Someone who enjoys 80’s Hair Metal and Rap may despise country or folk, but what some don’t realize is that many genres derive from a completely different style of music. For instance someone who likes rap and hates disco, may not know that rap music actually has a lot of influence from Disc when “Disco Rap” came around in 1979. From there, the separate genre of rap was able to develop.

Rock music in its most recognizable form, Hard Rock, which features such bands as,The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and AC/DC, actually evolved from Jazz, Blues, and “R&B”. Which are genres that have roots that range anywhere from 1940 for R&B to Blues which genres roots stretch so far back that there is no exact date to be cited.

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The Beatles was and arguably still is one of the most famous and influential bands from the 1960s British Invasion, where British bands such as the Dave Clark five and the Animals, took the United States by storm. In their early career, The Beatles took inspiration from Rockabilly stars like Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.

Culture can also play a major role in a style of music. The true culture of punk rock consists of a very gritty lifestyle, usually filled with vulgarity, drinking, and for the more extreme musicians and fans, drugs, which is best reflected by famous punk and grunge musicians, GG Allin, and Kurt Cobain. Location can play a major role in shaping the culture of a genre of music.

Rock n’ Roll in the late 1960s was played by Chuck Berry from Saint Louis Missouri and got a great deal of inspiration from his father, would dance and jump around on stage and is known for intricate guitar solos, and by The Who, who got their inspiration and angst from the rough, gang filled town they originate from, Hammersmith, London, England and were known for their catchy but simple guitar riffs, intricate bass and drum lines, smashing their instruments and stage equipment. Both play the same genre but have completely different sounds and stage presence influenced by where they come from.

If someone looks at music in a broad spectrum, they can see that there are a lot of similarities between two completely different types of music, and differences within the same genre. If someone enjoys a certain genre, then they should look into its roots, they may just find their favorite musician in a type of music they’ve never even experienced.  

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