Music & Counterculture


Types of Music and their Times

  • Genre: Rock'n'Roll - 1950s
  • Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
  • 1956
  • Genre: Hard Rock - 1960s
  • The Rolling Stones - Around & Around
  • 1964
  • Genre: Disco - 1970s
  • The Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever
  • 1977
  • Genre: Grunge - 1980s
  • Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • 1991
  • Genre: Hip-Hop - 1990s
  • Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life
  • 1998
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Teenagers and Sources that Influence Them

  • Rebel Without a Cause (1995 film) - inspiration to rebellious teenagers; influenced people ages 13-19 to act like superstars; James Dean died aged 24, so he is always remembered as a young, hot, rebellious character
  • Elvis Presley (early 1950s) - Songs about rebelling; teenagers heavily influenced by public figures; always associated with the new "Rock'n'Roll" style
  • You Can Survive An Atomic Attack (1950s manual) - made teenagers believe that hey could die at any moment, so they should live life "in the moment" and "to the fullest"
  • Teenagers began to relate to the Rock'n'Roll role style and the lyrics surrounding the genre. Being rebellious gave them a sense of identity.
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1951 novel) - made teenagers believe their rebellion would go unnoticed or be overlooked; teenagers took the characters to the heart due to age reference and idolised his character.
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