A Guide to Genres and Festivals
Before the Internet, there were few ways to learn about music. In the past, musicians sold their records from the trunk of their cars, or stapled up posters to telephone poles. They also hired publicists to market their brands, but today, thanks to the Internet, local artists can reach a global audience. Music has also evolved, with social media outlets such as YouTube channels and podcasts filling the void. Today, artists use these platforms to convey messages, share intimate photos, and even engage in political discourses.
Throughout history, music has become a significant part of people’s lives, and is more than just entertainment. It’s also a major means of cultural exchange. As a result, music has become a billion-dollar industry. Streaming, album sales, and live concerts are just some of the ways music is consumed. Today, streaming and other digital platforms are capturing a massive portion of the industry’s total revenue. While record labels still have the power to distribute and promote music, physical music sales are declining, thanks to new technologies like Spotify.
From its beginning in the late 1970s, heavy metal emerged as a reaction to the burgeoning mainstream music scene. With the rise of punk rock, the style became known for its angry rebellion. The bands involved in this genre include Patti Smith, Judas Priest, and Black Flag. Punk rock gained popularity in the 1980s, when artists like Metallica, Twisted Sister, and Anthrax brought headbanging to the masses. In addition, rap became synonymous with a vulgar depiction of urban dysfunction. The band is still touring, but under alternative names.