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Old 06-24-2010, 02:57 PM
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Default Re: A Little bit of Theory

Pol,

Only on DW do you have two people at each other's throats and then registering in the same thread.

I think people may not understand the grand narratives that play out in popular music, and how often seemingly innocuous music is full of these references. It my be better topic for the cloaked reference thread. But when people say theory, there is harmonic theory, rhythmic theory, but also race and gender theory. Theory is a big word.

You and I have played this out many times. I would say that race is the grand narrative of American popular music in the 1940s and 50s, whereas gender is the grand narrative of the 1970s and 80's, even into the 1990s with Lilith Fair. In the mid-1970s you had many bands who became huge who went from a male dominated audience to a female dominated audience, Genesis and Journey are the biggest I can think of that mark that shift, and also Styx, Kansas, and the Hair metal of the 80s fit in here. With this shift came the invention or reinvention of power pop and the power ballad. That is where you most readily see the social dynamics of gender play out in music. A lot has been written about the swell against disco in racial and gender parameters; but personally I think the the movement against disco had more to do with over commercialism. I am pretty sure you would agree with my summation. I think you and I are the two people who beat this to death.

But here is the question, What do you think was the grand narrative of rock music in the 1990s and 2000s? I have some ideas; but nothing set in stone. I'll share it but I want to get your unfettered input first.
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