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  1. Why did groups like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles have such a great impact in the 1960s? 21/05/06

    By 1962 they had their first number 1 hit with 'love me do'. This was the first footstep in the many more successes to come. Songs like 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds' attracted a lot of attention due to its drug taking connections. But while this caused a stir with the adults of the time, it caused a huge amount of popularity with teens, who thought it was free-spirited and breaking from traditional standards. One of the more blatantly drug related lyrics of this song was 'where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies'.

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  2. Music in context Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter

    Dylan�s influences stretched out from Jazz to swing, through to folk and country and blues. Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 � August 16, 1977), also known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" was an American singer, music producer and actor, a giant in the modern entertainment industry. During an active recording career that spanned more than two decades, Presley broke and set many records for concert attendance, television ratings and record sales. It has been estimated that Elvis has sold over a Billion Records to date, more than anyone else in the music industry.

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  3. Here I am going to analyze the different techniques used in the openings of both films as they progress. Sommersby and Of Mice and Men

    The music is cut to show us that this is a seriousness of the scene. The close up scene soon fades we are taken to the credits, which are played over scenes of this man traveling through different climates, the variety in the climates shows us that he is traveling of long distances. This also asks us the question was is he going and why is he going. The camera still has not shown us a clear image of this mans face, which still gives us an impression of mystery to the character and also shows us that the character is probably deliberately trying to conceal his identity.

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  4. Outline the different strategies used by record companies to market and promote their stars to audiences. Record companies have used many different strategies throughout time to promote

    With the introduction of music videos the artists image has continued to become as important as their actual music. The new romantic band of the 1980s', Duran Duran, were hugely successful because the music video allowed them to express there image to their audience, and get wider awareness from their target audience. The music video has 'established visual style as pre-eminent aspect of performance' (Shuker). In 1975 Queen released their short film for their new single 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. This was shown on Top of the pops, which inevitably increased people's awareness of the single and therefore increased the sales.

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  5. Music Essay- DraftPunk/Rock Music Social and political-

    After his attempt with the New York Dolls, McLaren relocated to England and teamed up with his friend Bernie Rhodes. The two cultivated a band that was arguably their greatest success, the s*x Pistols. McLaren and the Pistols adopted a revolutionary view of the world which made them celebrities. With spiked hair, tattered clothes, and safety pins as jewellery, they frequented talk shows and publicly badmouthed fellow artists, bands, and musicians. They spoke harshly of the British class system and the suppression of the working class.

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  6. Listening Ccoursewwork Devastating '77.

    News Reporter talking about the moral panics, fades in, fades out, last about 4 seconds. You no longer had to be a virtuoso musician to be in a successful band, which lead to more bands than ever before making records. The same thing happened when Grunge came around in the late '80s. The U.K. once again had a music scene and this time it was more energizing, excruciatingly raw and painfully rebellious. The shear energy that Punk created on stage and on records made bands like, exaggerated , The Beatles look dull and tedious, where as this was phantasmagoric!

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  7. 1960's Britain had not yet developed its own style and was still in America's shadow. Britain was dominated by 1950's fashion and traditional values. But there were elements of change developing in radio, TV

    But in 1960 new fashion ideas were introduced and children started to rebel. Jackie Kennedy became a new fashion icon, wearing shifts and A-line dresses which had been designed in 1954/5 but not worn till 1960. They soon became popular. It gave women a new sense of freedom and allowed them to dress in their own way. Mary Quant opened her first shop in Carnaby Street which soon became very popular. She opened the way for a new generation of British fashion. The third type of popular culture controlled by America was film.

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  8. Christian Music and Chris Tomlin

    I have since seen that these thoughts could not have been farther from the truth. Artists like Chris Tomlin and his band not only bring to you the rhythm, beat, and noise that has come to be generally expected at rock concerts, but his type of "soul shaking" goes much deeper than others and keeps you in tuned with the Lord the entire time. So this brings about the questions, "What type of style do artists like Chris Tomlin bring to their concerts that intensifies the general perception of Christian music?" "Where does Christian concerts have benefits over non-Christian?"

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  9. Carry On Time Travel

    Neil opens the door to the time machine inviting Kate in. They step into the machine. KATE: It's a tight squeeze. NEIL: It's small but effective! KATE: Turn it on! Time machine makes sounds and shakes vigorously. KATE: Ahhh, move a little to the right, ohhh to the left, Argh you're sat on my arm. NIEL: Look out below I'm coming. ACT 2, SCENE 1 In A Victorian street, Neil and Kate stagger out looking stunned and exhausted. NEIL: My time machine worked. KATE: That was great. Kate fiddling with skirt and Neil looking around confused.

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  10. The group however took more specific ideas from "Dustbowl Days" and used 'Life' as a topic for the song, the lyrics were then written around this. As far as music is concerned

    The other stimulus was 'Dustbowl Days' by Nicole S.Porter and this again provided vague ideas for lyrics. The group however took more specific ideas from "Dustbowl Days" and used 'Life' as a topic for the song, the lyrics were then written around this. As far as music is concerned the group decided that the lyrics could not be written out until chords and melody were fitted into place. As I was the most experienced with music in the group it was my job to find chords that created a sad yet effective pattern for a deep and meaningful song.

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  11. Festival Experiences It was the weekend my mother and father had been preparing for all month.

    He is a painter, and artist, whose tranquil landscapes hang in galleries throughout England. A queue to him means not been able to get where you want to be. The sunroof of our transit is open. He climbed on his seat and stuck his head out of the sunroof to see what was happening ahead. He appeared to be quite agitated, swearing under his breath. 30 minutes has passed; my mother suggested that we should get out the picnic things and a can of beer, but this just seemed to agitate my father more. In the cars ahead people are laughing and enjoying the sunshine. "Just relax and appreciate the beauty of the countryside.

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  12. Media Coursework essay: Jaws

    But then the music increases in volume and speed, this gives the image that the creature is approaching more quickly and builds up suspense and raises questions about the identity of the creature and what its intentions are. At the start of the film a group of teenagers are having a party on the beach. There is a calm atmosphere aided by the radio playing in the background which lulls you into a falls sense of security. When the shark does eventually attack we expect it less which makes it scarier.

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  13. Review of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

    As he states, "My mother, My Mother, uh, What is the phrase? She isn't quite herself today" This shows play on words, which is called a pun. It also shows how edgy Norman is about his mother. He then takes Marion to a room, which is Cabin 1. He shows Marion a tour of the room and surprisingly cannot utter the words "bathroom." Marion then retires for the night and is reported missing after a week. During that week, a Private Investigator, called Milton Arbogast, goes to the Bates Motel in search of Marion Crane.

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  14. A day in the life of...

    The next task is making my lunch for the day. By Friday the delightful taste of dry sandwiches gets a bit tedious and I feel like I'd rather eat wood shavings than face another bite of those sandwiches. This may be a good time to mention that I'm vegetarian and have been for over two years now. I'm not quite sure why and sometimes I wonder what my point is. At first my motive was the harsh ways these slaughterers treat the animals before killing them.

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  15. "Shrek" messages within the film.

    stay out" with a fearsome painting of himself. Consequently when Shrek meets Princess Fiona, and discovers her hidden truth; her curse, Shrek's perspective develops into a more understanding manner. Changing from being sarcastic and bitter to a sensitive and more considerate ogre, Shrek displays his change of heart and attitude by picking flowers for Princess Fiona, where they both progressively throughout the film grow to love one another. The understanding of characters feelings and situations, to the audience are enhanced with an inner perspective by the use of the dialogue, colours within certain scenes and the visual representation of Shrek.

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  16. The first stage of planning was to discuss exactly what we, as a group, wanted to achieve throughout the filming of the music video

    To do this we had to research rap videos that appealed to this target audience. The rap videos that we researched were 'The Streets' - 'Fit but you know it!' and 'Dry your eyes;' Both showing similarities. 'Dry your eyes' is mainly concentrated on one man and his dog. This creates well known saying of "a mans best friend". The main theme to the video is a man dictating his story of how his ex-girlfriend left him. There are often many close-ups and still camera shots to allow the man to rap into the camera.

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  17. Imaginative Coursework: BreakDance

    The best moves were spontaneous that had never been seen before, the more original they were the better and more interesting the battle would become. Gangs usually used this instead of violence but in the often ended up fighting over who the winner was, luckily nowadays most fights are resolved by these means instead of fighting. This led to people rehearsing their moves and creating and better ones that were more complex by increasing speed, form and the complicity of moves.

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  18. 15. What keeps mankind alive? Answer the question with reference to the actions of characters in The Threepenny Opera.

    Moreover, his "s****l obsession" (page 40) is so intense that even during the critical days when he is wanted by the police, he keeps on showing up in the whorehouse and flirting the whores by praising the "nice underwear [that] [they] [have] got" (page 42) As reflected in the lyrics of the song, "food" is, for a number of characters, to be "sorted out" (page 55, line number 3) to the "basic, first position" (page 55, line number 3) in one's life so that "food is the first thing [to] [them]", "[while] morals follow on" (page 55, number 9).

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  19. Chicken Run Essay

    The camera then moves onto Ginger, the lighting is dim and you can barely see her, she then steps out of the shadows and into the light this signifies that she is up to something she shouldn't be. It also suggests that she's a good character stepping into the light. At this moment the camera moves in for a close up. This shows the emotion on her face. Military music accompanies ginger making the tension build. As Ginger makes a quick dart to the fence the tempo of the music quickens suggesting that she wants to get to the fence quickly.

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  20. History Coursework-The 1960's

    Does the evidence of Source C support the evidence of Sources A and B about the effects of pop music in the 1960's? Explain your answer. A. Source C does support the other sources the comment on the hysteria experienced by fans of popular bands at the time. The are all however written after the time, they are secondary sources, and A and B give accounts only of experiences in London. The accuracy of the points is increased by the fact that the tree opinions come from different people, of different backgrounds, and they all agree the 1960's were a turning point in popular culture.

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  21. The Nitwitz - B.G.K.

    Do I need to go any further?". The lyrics of The Nitwitz were not political at all in the beginning. It was about girls, Wackier the Viking and get beaten up by disco-visitors. In march 1979 they played in Paradiso (The Netherlands) with the anarchy band Crass from England. Crass decided to sabotage the set of The Nitwitz by turning of the sound installation. After all, The Nitwitz were sexists. This shows how narrow-minded the free-thinkers from Crass really were.

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  22. Ticket To...Tadcaster

    Therefore I believe I made the right decision showing my documentary on channel four in the T4 slot on a Sunday morning. As the demographic audience is aged 16-30 and can relate to the band as they are the same ages. I have chosen a televised viewing rather than a cinema viewing for the simple reason that they are more popular judging by the regular scheduling of documentaries and higher viewing figures. I have used diegetic dialogue from the band in the argument sequences in conjunction with non diegetic narration from me to convey an informative style; this narration is

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  23. How does Hitchcock create and maintain suspense in "Psycho"?

    The film starts off, with an everyday situation, when Marion's at work. So the viewer feels nothing is going to happen yet. Her boss then enters, handing her money to bank. As she has the money in her hands, she decides to run away which makes the viewer think of what's going to happen next. She goes home, and starts to pack her bags, leaving the money lying on her bed. There's a close-up shot of the money which makes the viewer focus on the money.

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  24. Elvis Presley Coursework: His impact on twentieth century culture

    The article says, '...none other than the amazing country warbler, Elvis Presley'. The quote reflects Elvis Presley's routes and backgrounds because Elvis was influenced by Country music as a young child when he lived in Mississippi. (2) Source B shows extracts from newspaper articles describing Elvis Presley's appearance on the Milton Berle show on NBC-TV on 5 June 1956. The New York Times says 'Mr Presley has no signing ability'. The fact that Elvis Presley made a no. 1 smash hit with 'Heartbreak Hotel' earlier that year discredits the comment. The 'Daily News' (a well established newspaper)

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  25. Musical Genres and Age

    On the second hypothesis I will stratify 30 pupils from year 7 and 11. This is because there are more students in year 7 than in year 11. I would use the same pupils as in the second hypothesis to present data for the third hypothesis. Method: First Hypothesis: "Boys and girls generally listen to different types of music." 1) Produce a questionnaire which can be distributed to different pupils in the school. 2) As I already have primary data from the school which has the gender and the year group of every student attending the school.

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