Who Are The Goths?Goth is an alternative subculture; it is both a style of music and a fashion, like Punk. People who listen to the music don't necessarily dress in the style, and people who look like goths don't necessarily like the music either - a lot of metal fans have adopted the goth look, making for a great deal of confusion. The Goth Rock and the Goth Metal genres started around the same time, but Gothic Metal has very little in common with Goth Rock.
So What Does "Goth" Mean?The name originally came from a Germanic tribe (The Goths). The Romans regarded them as barbaric and uncultured. "Gothic" was later applied to a style of medieval architecture by critics who regarded it as similarly barbaric and uncultured. Therefor the name Goth. The Doors were described as being gothic rock. In 1967 which is interesting because important Goth Rock bands like Joy Division were really influenced by them. This very important band (Joy Division for those whose attention lapsed) was called "Gothic compared to the pop mainstream" by Tony Wilson TV show on BBC in 1979. Which brings us onto the important dates of Goth music.
So what important dates do we have?
Goth Metal And Goth Influenced Doom Metal
Goth Rock, Goth-pop And Nu-Goth
Industrial, EMB/Alternative And Electronic Goth Music