History of Britpop

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Britpop is a musical and cultural movement that emerged in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s. The emphasis of Britpop is Britishness, as its subjects focus on British concerns and British pride.  Musically, it is characterized by melodic, guitar-based pop tunes, drawing consciously on the tradition of British pop music of the … Read more

The History of Ska

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Ska is truly a Jamaican contribution to the music world, along with rocksteady and reggae, to which it is a precursor.  Ska combines other musical genres, such as Caribbean mento, calypso, American jazz, and rhythm and blues. It distinguishes itself from the different genres because of its “walking” bass lines, accented with … Read more

The History of New Wave

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It’s incredible to think that music comes in many styles and forms that appeal either to the broader audience or to a particular type of audience. Rock and pop music have branched out to different styles, including new wave. New wave emerged onto the music scene during the late 1970s and early … Read more

History of Grunge Music

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Grunge is not only a type of music genre – it is also a fashion statement, lifestyle, culture, and attitude. What used to be an underground phenomenon took the mainstream by storm due to the unexpected success of the album Nevermind from Seattle threesome Nirvana. Nevermind‘s massive success put grunge and alternative … Read more

History of Disco

Disco is one of those complicated terms that means different things to different people. Most of us probably associate disco with the movie Saturday Night Fever and a phase of popular music and fashion that was isolated in the 1970s, but this perception does not fully define disco itself. In fact, disco music … Read more

History of Reggae Music

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History of Reggae Music         Reggae music rose into fame in Kingston, Jamaica in the early 1960s. However, reggae music also gained popularity in the United States almost as great as it is in its country of origin. Reggae is sort of a melting pot because it has a number of influences such … Read more

History of Jazz Music

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In the early twentieth century, Jazz was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Considering that New Orleans had several different nationalities traveling through their port for several reasons, there were a lot of musical influences that graced the land of New Orleans such as French military band music, Spanish folk music, European ballroom … Read more

History of Punk

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Punk or punk rock is a music genre that became popular in the mid-‘70s in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Punk got its roots from garage rock and proto-punk music. This genre typically produced fast-paced songs that had hard-edged singing styles and melodies and they often featured stripped-down instrumentation … Read more

History of Soul Music

History of Soul Music

Soul music is a combination of gospel music and Rhythm and Blues or R&B. And it all began in the United States during the late 1950s. It may seem that soul has a lot in common with R&B, but if you will listen closely, soul has a greater emphasis on vocalists, it … Read more