From Niches to the Mainstream.
That has been the typical transition of properties for Modern Music.
In every generation of humans, there has been a music, a style, a New Culture of ART that rises to become the cultural zeitgeist.
In recent history it is easily traced. —don’t hold me to this crude breakdown.
- 50’s –> Good boys and girls, Buddy Holly, Early Elvis.
- 60’s –> A liberation of the prior generations underpinnings. Free Love, Free drugs, Free Jams (Hendrix Sgt.Pepper etc.
- 70’s –> Heaviness sets in, the choices of last generations is felt. All the while music parallels itself with likes of ABBA co-existing with Led Zeppelin, and later with the bands like The Ramones and the Clash.
- 80’s –> The excesses of the last generation are increased and intensified. Pure pop and straight ahead punk grow out in to Glam Metal, and Dance music. The mainstream niches and splits even more. G’n’R, The Pixies, Madonna, and NKOTB peek their head out.
- 90’s –> Grunge evolves from the Midwest via Seattle. Brit Pop takes over when Grunge can’t deliver, then Girl Bands give way to Boy Bands.
- 00’s –> Boy Bands die off. Dance Music, Garage Brit Rock, Emo, Scremo, Piano Rock, take control of an ever diminishing mainstream world. Niches begin to start controlling more of the cultural mind field.
…which takes us to today Mid-2008 and the question of:
What sparked this midnight musing is the article:
We’ve reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it’s been stripped of its subversion and originality.
That’s a long time for any cultural trend, let alone one that is so concerned with being cool.
Who knows, but if anyone out there has ideas on what’s next for Music, Culture, and Art, we would love to hear it.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1Qo1eaWF8c]
Take Control of Your Music,