Evolution of Musical Tastes Essay by Professor Victor Verb

Evolution of Musical Tastes
Examines the evolution of musical tastes in one American family.
# 57061 | 2,257 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2003 | US

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American society has experienced a wide range of fundamental changes in the past few decades. While demographic shifts have changed the ethnicity balance, the popular perception of families and what part they play in socializing the next generation have also been affected. People learn to like or dislike a wide range of things in their lives based on what they see their family members do and what values are consistently emphasized. Further, while there are clearly other factors involved in how people perceive the culture of their society at any given time, the political forms that exist are filtered, focused, and interpreted by people through this pervasive family lens. Claude Levi-Strauss and Jacques Derrida have suggested that it is possible to understand how these relationships develop in the political context in which they occur. This paper provides a review of the relevant literature, followed by a discussion of how the resulting framework can be used to understand the evolution in musical tastes in the author's family. A summary of the research is provided in the conclusion.

From the Paper:

"While the blues, jazz, rap and hip-hop have all been considered the sole creations of the black community by many observers, these forms have all been influenced by the social and cultural context in which they were created and performed. However, from the standpoint of communicating a variety of cultural aspects of the black artists and the communities in which they are performed, these music forms can be viewed as representing the political form of the day, which has inevitably meant communicating the essence of what was going on in society at the time."

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