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Music History

INTRODUCTION

Music is sound that is arranged in interesting patterns. The concept of Popular Music started in the 1940s when music broke loose from the clutches of the so called "authentic" music such as pure classical music (although over a period of time there used to several examples of classical forms in popular music). It is considered to be the soundtrack of the general common public and hence considered more accessible. It belongs to the ordinary people and is expressive of their needs and concerns.

Music seems to create another world which makes us belong. This is not just in terms of reference to music but also a part of our everyday life. It is alllows us or motivates us to break free from the generally prejudicial society and its shallow expectations. This transcendence in popular music is as an alternative experience of social forces. According to the aesthetics of popular music, it becomes special because it defines a space without boundaries. It breaks all barriers of classes, nations and races. Most of us find ourselves in definite places such as concert halls, clubs, pubs, listening to radio or on headphones. We are where the music takes us. (Frith, 1996)

Punk had a really charged up idealism that was more realistic and focussed. Punk was really for the people and there were no distinctions between an artist and its audience or even between the sexes. It also had a Do-it-yourself ethic and shunned any following that was centered around mass marketing and music for commercial purposes. It was an attack on the establishment and this included the sentiments of women in music long left unaddressed by the recording industry. Punk gave female artists an exposure and showed the world the true potential they possessed unlike anything before it.

Even to this day the impact of punk is felt in some ways. Notably, for instance, as far as internet related to music is concerned, it is an extension of the punk revolution. Punk gave even a musically inclined common man who can just barely play an instrument or sing, the opportunity to approach a recording company which was considered next to impossible at one point of time. The internet has made it even more easier for anyone to send their songs to a record label via electronic mail (e-mail), upload their songs on their own web site, convey the information to literally anyone in the world, including recording companies, both major and independent record labels. Its effectiveness is understood to such an extent that we now even have online record labels such as Caff Corporation in England and C-Sharp Productions in America.The music world has become more colourful due to the punk revolution.

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