“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent (Hugo, 2007).”Whether you grew up in the Roaring 20’s or in the Disco 70’s music was a strong source of fun and entertainment. It is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. If you ever heard the phrase “Do the Hustle” you would most likely be referring to the disco era of the 1970’s compared to the “jazz age” of the 1920’s. Both eras with their common and uncommon comparisons made a historical and unforgettable impact on today’s music.
Music of the 1970’s saw the rise of disco, which became one of the biggest genres of the decade, especially in the mid-to-late 1970s. Although the hype was short lived many great hits formed from this genre. The Bee’s Gee’s released their well known song “Stayin’ Alive,” The Village People released the “YMCA,” and “Macho Man,” plus many more. Other than disco, funk, jazz fusion, smooth jazz and soul continued to prominent throughout the decade. One major genre that played an important part in the Western music scene was Rock. Sub-genres of rock, in particular glam, hard rock, progressive, art rock, and heavy metal amounted a substantial amount of success during this decade.
A number of other genres, throughout the decade, maintained a significant following. One genre that was slow to start was Hip-Hop, while it emerged in the 1970’s it didn’t become significant until the late 1980’s. Although Classical music began to lose impetus, it gave way to a new generation of composers through invention and theoretical development. The decade was also distinguished for its assistance to electronic music, which rose in recognition with the expansion of synthesizers and harmonizers. More composers embraced this genre, gaining the attention of an audience who were seeking something new and diverse.
This range of music supply channels, along with a growing market allows for a wide variety of new music styles to surface. Live albums are in style, with vast hits for Rare Earth, Peter Frampton, and Kiss. Reggae moves out of Jamaica to become a worldwide genre. Disco conquered the radio. Punk rock emerged in the late seventies as a result to arena rock, progressive rock and disco. Punk becomes New Wave as bands move beyond guitars and drums, and begin incorporating synthesizers. As an examination the 1970’s could be described by a birthplace of creativity, culture embracing and downright groovy.
Music in the 1920’s can primarily be remembered as the “jazz age.” Early jazz influences found their original mainstream expression...