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How much impact did music have on society 1955-75?

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´╗┐How much impact did music have on society 1955-75? During 1955-75 music drastically changed, leading it to have a profound influence on the youth groups of the 1960s, the changes in social attitudes of the younger generation, mainstream fashion as well as the wider media. The impact of music was particularly strong on the youth, who could accept these new influences that music reflected, such as the new culture of spending on records, and the social attitude of rebellion. The most important impact that music had was arguably the youth groups, due to the fact that they were the most affected by the new music culture and led the changes in social attitudes, being the first to break away from the old attitudes of the past. The youth groups of the 1960s were particularly affected by the new genres of music presented during 1955-1975. The youth groups of the 1960s, such as the Mods and Rockers can be reflected by the music of the era. The Beatles were an example of the Mods, and dressed in suits with neat haircuts, influencing the Mods youth group. Similarly, the influence of bands such as the Rolling Stones lead to the Rockers youth group dressing in leather clothing. ...read more.


In the novel ?Absolute Beginners (1959)? by Colin Macinness, it describes the change in attitudes towards age: ?? one of the generations that grew up before teenagers existed?there just weren?t any? In those days, it seems, you were just an overgrown boy, or an undergrown man. Life didn?t seem to cater for anything in between?, until the change in social attitudes reflected by music showed how this new age group of teenagers were being accepted into mainstream society, with much of the new music being produced being aimed at teenagers. Music also had an impact on the fashion of the era. The popularisation of genres such as rock and roll showed the artists with new fashion styles, one example being Elvis Presley. His song ?Jailhouse Rock? presents him as wearing tight fitting jeans, a change from the previous fashion styles. Other songs also emphasised the importance of fashion, with the song ?Blue Suede Shoes?, suggesting that fashion was a main part of music: ?Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh, Honey, lay off of my shoes, Don't you step on my blue suede shoes, You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes?. As newer music was aimed at teenagers, and music also emphasised fashion, music had a large impact on the changing fashion styles. ...read more.


No one to be seen by the flower stall, the newspaper stall? that evening the four Beatles, all the Fab Four were appearing live on Juke Box Jury?, showing the popularity of music as media. Overall, music in 1955-75 had a large impact on society, and is responsible for many of the changes that occurred during the time period. Music led the rebellion of the youth groups in changing traditional social attitudes, encouraging people to rebel against all rules and have less respect for older values, compared to the music of the early 1950s which did not contain any of these themes. Music also lead the changes in fashion throughout 1955-75, with many people especially the younger generation choosing to imitate the style of fashion worn by popular artists and bands such as the Beatles, who started with Mod-like suits and clean haircuts before changing to psychedelic fashion, which was followed by the youth who changed to hippie fashion. Music also managed to change the consumption of media, with music becoming the main choice of media by many, affected society as a whole and not just the younger generation, showing the extremely large impact that music had on society. The effect of music on society was especially strong during the 1960s, described by Aaron Copland, an American composer, as ?If you want to know about the sixties, play the music of the Beatles?. ...read more.

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