Music: 1950’s vs. Today. http:// www.flickr.com/photos/filenzi /. Music’s evolution and expansion in the United States. Matthew Ramson. Period 5 APUSH Mr. Wilder. Back in the dinosaur days….
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Music’s evolution and expansion in the United States
Does today’s music have the same effect on society as it did back in the 1950s?
Today’s music industry is nothing like it was 60 years ago; technological innovation and enhanced resources have allowed today’s music to speak to almost any audience and to publicize many different beliefs and ideas.
We buy whatever music albums we find entertaining
We, as the Teenagers of the 50’s pioneered, are explicitly told to pursue our desires and creativity
High professional expectations; less military emphasis
Somehow, Rock ‘n’ Roll in today’s world isn’t even American anymore. Talking specifically about the Rock genre, the teenage world is draw to the likes of Zeppelin and Metallica, staying true to the classics. New bands don’t seem to be able to draw the same appeal as those of earlier days. And, of course, the Beatles will forever live on with teenagers, no matter the generation.
The Coveted Moon Man Award from the VMAs
How It Compares
One of MTV’s early slogans.
Sinatra had a famous comeback during the 50s. He didn’t regain the same prowess he had from the time of his debut, but he is to this day regarded one of the best entertainers America has seen, both musically and theatrically.
The music industry has an overbearing effect on society today. Artists send messages through their music that signal teenagers and adults alike to go about their lives with different attitudes and outlooks. So, YES, the music industry still has as much of an effect today as it did back in the olden days.
1. Did American Bandstand or the Ed Sullivan Show have a larger effect on the music industry?
2. Can MTV continue to be the pedestal of music for future generations?
3. What artist had the biggest effect on the 1950s’ music industry?
4. Was music influenced, during the 50’s, by the end of the 2nd World War?
I would say the Ed Sullivan show had a bigger effect, considering he featured live music acts, rather than the recorded albums.
If MTV goes back to its roots of being purely music, it would definitely overwhelm any competition. But it is still capable of being the music pedestal, even with the reality shows it features today.
Elvis Presley was easily the biggest music star of the 50’s.
Music wasn’t really influenced by the war, it was solely meant as entertainment, rather than to reflect the war effort.