Music through the Decades

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    The 1950's

    The 50's was revolution in the music industry - You had the upcoming of 'Rock 'n' Roll' thus began the rebellion to be different and to not conform to the accepted social norms.
  • The 1950's Greaser

    The 1950's Greaser
    The Greaser, seen as the 'coolest' guy in the 50's - No Greaser was complete without his black leather jacket, his sunglasses his leather trousers and his slick hair. The main image that comes to mind is 'The Fonze' from Happy Days or John Travolta from the hit movie 'Grease'
  • The 1950's Girl

    The 1950's Girl
    The girls of the 1950's were very restricted in what they wore - Girls were often seen in 'Pencil Skirts', blouses or Full Skirts
  • 1950's Youth

    Rock 'n' Roll was used to target a young audience at the time - Many teenagers like the way the adults hated it therefore wanted to get into it more to 'rebel' They then started to act like 'Greasers' and play the guitar as female teenagers were attracted to 'Greasers' and those who played the guitar - Back then it was considered 'cool' and attractive therefore many male teenagers adopted that look to impress the girls.
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley
    Born: January 8th, 1935 - August 16th, 1977.
    'The King of Rock 'n' Roll' or Elvis Presley - Began recording with 'Sun Records' in August.
  • Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash
    February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003.
    Member of 'Million Dollar Quartet'
    Recognised for his 'Outlaw' and rebellious image, mainly due to his drug addiction and his lyrics.
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    The 1960's

    The 60's was the rise of Jazz and the black culture - Many black artists were now being recognised and Jazz was now in full swing!
  • Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison
    April 23, 1936 - December 6, 1988
    Known for his powerful voice, complex compositions and dark emotions. Roy Obrison was one of the greats of the 1960's.
  • Sub Culture - 'The Hippies'

    Sub Culture - 'The Hippies'
    The Hippie subculture was a youth movement that consisted of very Liberal people caring about Mother Nature. They believed in Peace and 'Free Love' and how people are not bound to each other - People should love one another freely.
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    Formed in Liverpool in 1962 - The group consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
    The Beatles were known for their classic Rock and their enormous popularity especially from the females grew as they developed in the 60's.
  • The 1970's Youth

    Within some of the songs of the 1970's the adult generation was repulsed by the lyrics and the presentation of some artists - Therefore the youth replicated their behaviour and image in order to become 'different' and not follow societies norms.
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    The 1970's

  • The Singer/Songwriters

    During this decade singer/songwriters started to form and instantly became popular due to their authenticity. Audiences seemed to like their music as the artist could now connect with the audience as they were the ones writing and performing the songs. It gave the lyrics meaning which the audience could relate to.
  • The 'Skinheads'

    Originated among working class youths in the UK. Named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, the first skinheads were greatly influenced by West Indian rude boys and British mods, in terms of fashion, music and lifestyle.Originally, the skinhead subculture was primarily based on those elements, not politics or race. Since then, however, attitudes toward race and politics have become factors by which some skinheads align themselves to.
  • James Brown

    James Brown
    May 3 1933 - December 25 2006
    Known as the 'Godfather of Soul' and 'Mr. Dynamite'
    His song in the 1970's 'Like a Sex Machine' sparked a lot of controvosy yet was hailed as a classic.
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    The 1980's

    The CD - The CD officially launched in the UK and was considered “The most important development in the recorded music industry since the long playing record."In 1988, CD sales finally higher than vinyl.
  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson
    August 29 1958 - June 25 2009
    He was referred to as the King of Pop, and is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance, and fashion, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
  • The Fashion

    Significant hairstyle trends of the 1980s included the Perm, the Mullet, the Jheri curl, the Flattop, the Hi-top fade and Big hair.Clothing trends of the 1980s included Jean jackets, Leather pants, Aviator jackets, Miniskirts, Leggings and Leg warmers.
  • MTV

    MTV was launched in the United States in 1981 and had a huge impact on music - The first music video ever to be shown was Video Killed the Radio Star' The most famous music video in the 80's was Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'
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    The 1990's

  • The Spice Girls

    The Spice Girls
    The Spice Girls were a huge female Pop group in the 90's - Over their course of being together they achieved countless number 1's in the charts.
  • Dr Dre

    Dr Dre
    Febuary 18 1965.
    Recorder producer and rapper - Since the start of his career he has signed many upcoming and famous rappers to his label 'Aftermath Entertainment' such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
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    The Noughties

  • Eminem

    October 17 1972
    One of the best selling artist in the world.
    Sold more than 33 million albums world wide
    Hailed as 'one of the best rappers of all time'
  • Grime

    During the 2000's the uprising of 'Grime' came - This is a mix of garage music yet more aggressive and left-wing. Grime artists pose as an 'Everyman' therefore audiences can identify with them.
  • File Sharing

    File Sharing is the practice of distributing or providing access to digitally stored information. This caused huge controversy within the music industry and music was downloaded illegally from the internet.
    Audiences would then share the music free without paying the artist therefore creating a massive outcry in the music industry. As institutions lose out on revenue.