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Unit 91 Discuss the broader historical context of 1970s AmericaMost of the styles grew out of some aspect of 60s rockThe first half of the 1970s is characterized by bands still experimenting musically and testing the limits of the rock styleThe second is more controversialas the stylistic range of rock music was expanding over the decade the business of rock music was also growing and transforming from a business owned and run mostly by entertainment companies into a business owned and run by multinational corporations with little previous involvement in musicAccording to some most of whats best about music in the late 1960s gets progressively corrupted by big money and even bigger egoled to Rock designed only to make moneyAs we consider rock in the 1970s we are faced with at least two interpretations of this musicOne sees much classic rock as corruption and thus tends to celebrate the underground punk scene during the first half of the decade and the emergence of punk and new wave in the second halfAnother understands classic rock almost entirely in terms of the way it has been recast by FM radio and cable television in the period since about 1990Both perspectives have their problemsFirst the connection to the 1960s is acknowledged but misunderstoodSecond the music that has come to represent the 1970s via classic rock radio often leaves important music out mostly because some tracks are too long to be accommodated2 Discuss what is meant by the hippie aesthetic and identify genres influenced by itThe 196669 period brought important changes by focusing rock more on the album than on the singleThe focus of the bands was increasingly fixed on creating albums that provided a musically provocative listening experience in short the album was a tripMusicians expanded rocks stylistic range by incorporating elements drawn from classical music electronic music and jazzMusicians also came to depend increasingly on the recording studio as a creative tool producing records that would have been difficult to reproduce live in many casesThis all led to the Hippie Aesthetic in the 1970sBasic idea the rock musician is an artist who has a responsibility to produce sophisticated music using whatever means are at his or her disposalThe music should stand up to repeated listening and the lyrics should deal with important issues or themesMusical Prowess is especially valued Polls sponsored by music magazines began and fans began to vote for the best guitarist best vocalist etc
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