Music And The Social Effects

This article is about the lifestyle that has an effective influence over the society and to the fans. As the name shows, this whole article gives examples of Rock music as well as the rockstars lifestyle and their views about music which had lead to it's consequences.

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A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. Leopold Stokowski was a genius to portray his feelings on music. Music is not only considered as universal language but also considered as a form of art. When you roam around the pages of human history, you could see that the artists around the world have led from the front to define a culture. They influenced their people in various ways. Undoubtedly, people keen to follow what the musicians say, what they do or how they live their life; quite similar as following a leader.

Rock musicians, colloquially referred to as the rock stars are one of those guys having a great influence on their fans around the world. Because rock music is supposed to be one of the most creative genres of music where the singer delivers a strong and meaningful message through lyrics, sometimes a rebellious voice concerned about what is happening around, the inner feelings and sometimes it goes spiritual through the notion of psychedelic rock. At the same time, the musicians would portray those feelings through their instruments in a creative mean of composition. That certainly require years of dedicated hard work on their instruments to master the skills, and an acute sense of the sound of nature that creates music one way or the other at all the time. Together it makes a music that's not only expressive but also about the hidden feelings; carries their precious memory of a certain time. The song recalls those lost days when you again would listen to them after a long time. They are evergreen in your heart.

Rock music was derived from jazz and blues. It was the modernized blend of those songs. There are numbers of sub-genres on rock music. It's not what many of us may think- screaming and wild sounds of wrath assaulting your ear drums brutally. That might be one sub-genre of rock music called metal that may do. But metal music mostly attracts the younger people who are on a rebellious age. But overall, rock music is vast and this form of music boomed 60's and 70's through bands like The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Rush, Pink Floyd, Dire straits, AC/DC, Europe, Eagles and many more who are now known as old school rock bands. Love and peace were very common themes in rock music during those days. Rock musicians have often attempted to address social issues directly as commentary or as calls to action. You may have heard of the concert at Madison garden, New York, held by George Harrison and friends in 1971 named as Concert for Bangladesh. That was the first time in the history that any form of music was dedicated for such a great cause. Music for a reason, this ideology has inspired the whole world to enter a completely new era of music led by a mellow rock musician, George Harrison. During the Vietnam War the first rock protest songs were heard, inspired by the songs of folk musicians such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, which ranged from abstract evocations of peace Peter, Paul and Mary's If I Had a Hammer to blunt anti-establishment diatribes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Ohio. Other musicians, notably John Lennon and Yoko Ono, were vocal in their anti-war sentiment both in their music and in public statements. We saw the similar protest recently from American punk rock band Green day in their albums- American Idiot and 21st century breakdown, both won Grammy awards.

Charity events raised millions of dollars for humanity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Live Aid became a model for many other fund-raising and consciousness-raising efforts, including the Farm Aid concerts for family farmers in North America, and televised performances benefiting victims of the September 11 attacks. Live Aid itself was reprised in 2005 with the Live 8 concert, to raise awareness of global economic policy. Environmental issues have also been a common theme, one example being Live Earth.

However, the music and the musicians were not always remained as a savior as it may sound like. Unfortunately, many rock musicians are the role model for drugs too. There are a terrifying number of musicians died due to drug overdose, mostly by heroin. Drugs have taken precious lives away from some of the most talented musicians the world has ever produced. Elvis Presley, one of the most popular names in music has died at his age of 42 due to an enlarged heart and drug addiction. Jimmi Hendrix on the other hand, is believed to be one of the greatest ever electric guitarists who also died for the similar reason. Jim Morrison (The Doors), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), John Bonham (Led Zepplin), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) Bon Scott (AC/DC) Lemmy, John Lennon (The Beatles), Jimmy Page (Led Zepplin), Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Steven Tyler, Scott Weiland, Sly Stone, Ozzy Osbourne, Mtley Cre, Layne Staley, Anthony Kiedis, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), David Bowie and many others well known musicians, have acknowledged battling addictions to many substances including cocaine and heroin; many of these have successfully undergone drug rehabilitation programs, but some of these popular and talented musicians' story has ended due to premature death caused by Alcohol, drug abuse/overdose. At the same time, sex and drugs has become a fashion of the rock stars which certainly had a negative impact on society.

Some bands were promoting Satanism; used satanic imagery but do not worship, or necessarily even believe in Satan. Ozzy Osborne is reported to be Anglican and Alice Cooper is a born-again Christian. In some cases, though, metal performers have expressed satanic views. Lemmy of Motrhead, Kerry King of Slayer and Noel Gallagher of Oasis are well known rock stars that are atheists or agnostics. John Lennon released the famous hit Imagine, describing a better world in which religion was absent.

Songwriters like Pete Townshend have explored these spiritual aspects within their work. The common usage of the term rock god acknowledges the religious quality of the adulation some rock stars receive. John Lennon became infamous for a statement he made in 1966 that The Beatles were bigger than Jesus. However, he later said that this statement was misunderstood and not meant to be anti-Christian. Ozzy Osborne, King Diamond, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, Marilyn Manson, Slayer and numerous others have also been accused of being Satanists, immoral or otherwise having an evil influence on their listeners. Anti-religious sentiments also appear in punk and hardcore. There's the example of the song Filler by Minor Threat, the name and famous logo of the band Bad Religion and criticism of Christianity and all religions is an important theme in Anarcho-punk/Crust punk.

However, these were just the minor exceptions of controversy. Brothers in arms by Dire Straits, for the love of God by Steve Vai, if everyone cared by Nickelback and many more songs talked about humanity, peace and love of God. Many Rock musicians promoted Christianity though their music as well. Yousuf Islam AKA Cat Stevens performed many charity shows for poor Muslim children. He is actively spreading the message of Islam through his music around the world.

The massive popularity and worldwide scope of rock music resulted in a powerful impact on society. Rock and roll influenced daily life, fashion, attitudes and language in a way few other social developments have equaled. As the original generations of rock and roll fans matured, the music became an accepted and deeply interwoven thread in popular culture. So, there's a huge responsibility on the upcoming musicians to protect their culture and society instead of following the negative path of shown by a few. People take musicians as their icons so they can change things to a positive way. The message of love and brotherhood can be delivered as well as rock music will remain as the healthy form of entertainment for the followers if they want their talent to flourish for a better reason of life.

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    Anybody wants to share their views are most welcome to comment and have a musical discussion and to correct me if i am wrong somewhere. Thank you UG for publishing my article.
    thank you this helped me allot on my research paper im writing about the effects of music onto a person
    In my opinion, this article is very good, set aside a few minor exceptions. What I mean is that you described metal music as "screaming and wild sounds of wrath assaulting your ear drums brutally.". It has more to it than that, and here you presented the whole genre as simply noise. In addition, you have showed protest against religion as a bad influence, which I firmly believe it is just as bad as pro-religion influence, if bad at all. Furthermore, you didn't conclude whether we should/should not be influenced, has the influence increased/decreased in the modern era, etc.. Other than that, very good article. Nice read.
    I Disagree with God_Knows Kinda/sorta. I don't think influences of religion are bad at all, people are allowed to have there own opinions, and may spread their opinions on there own will. I am atheist, but I don't care that there are Christian rock bands, it doesn't effect me.
    nice article, few mistakes but not bad. I think that when songs that are innocent are portrayed as evil, satanic, or downright sadistic, thats when people try to give rock a bad name. Rock got its dark side, but also has its good side. Its a real shame the good side of a lot of music is being neglected for what you mentioned was a negative influence.