Metal Music, its misrepresentation in society and its impact on adolescents

Bobby Bevilacqua

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In today’s society, music is everywhere. It’s in our cars, on the television, in movies, on the computer and on our phones. Needless to say, it’s a major part of the everyday American lifestyle. Since the days of Elvis Presley, there have been concerns about if the music, whether it be the content, image or the message effects society, particularly adolescents, teens and young adults. When Elvis Presley was gyrating his hips in the 50s, parents were worried that it was corrupting the youth. The same thing happened with the social revolution in the 1960s. But perhaps the most criticized type of music of all time is Rock and Roll, first popping up in the 1950s and exploding in popularity in the 1960s. With bands focusing on the new sound of the electric guitar, along with a bass guitar and drums, the genre began to gain steady airtime. As with most genres of music, it continued to evolve and create new types of music. And in the 1960s, kick started by bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, Heavy Metal was born. Continue reading

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The Transcendence of Myth through Music

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Greek mythology and the stories surrounding the in-depth culture originated over three thousand years ago, with stories of gods and goddesses permeating the ancient Greek society. The stories were told in many ways: literature, poem, spoken word, theater, and more recently, film and television. But perhaps the most lasting use of mythological adaptation and representation in forms other than written is musically. With mythology being as old as it is, it is quite impressive that it is still being represented in modern society. It is more common in film, where people can tell a story and use visuals, but in music, people may not recognize the references. Yet bands across all genres and musical performers across many generations have used songs and music as a way to continue to tell these stories and continue the tradition of Greek mythology and the lore associated with it. Like an epic poem or a novel, music is something that crosses all generations and time periods, with music from the 1930s, like Frank Sinatra, still being played and cherished today. Music, like mythology, transcends time, and songs about the stories and lore of Greek mythology allow for the tales to continue in a new form for future generations to learn from and appreciate. Continue reading