Posts Tagged ‘society’

As I’ve been thinking about this a lot, it seems to me that today’s music industry is made up of people who are good at being famous.  Many artists from the past were not so.  They were disenfranchised with the whole celebrity lifestyle and society in general. 

Recently I saw an interview with Bob Dylan which showed his dissatisfaction with just about everything.  A life in the spotlight seems to have made Bob a bitter man, who can’t understand why people obsess over his songs to the extent they do.

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So many artists spring to mind, but Dylan and Kurt Cobain would have to be the two most mainstream examples that seriously tried to jeopardise their fame by subliminally targeting the very industry that was employing them, (or it could be argued, exploiting them).  The press would hound Dylan and ask stupid questions, he’d give stupid answers, though his craft was always serious, and his songs spoke words with conviction.  As for Kurt Cobain, it’s common    knowledge now that In Utero, Nirvana’s third album was deliberately made with the intention of steering away the mainstream following that the band had gained following the success of Nevermind.  This doesn’t mean it wasn’t as good, though it wasn’t made with the intention of emulating success.                                                                                                                                          

Music has always been business, but today the business is greedy, and the artists that could speak up, be angry, and give society a chance to look at itself in the mirror aren’t being given the chance to.  Rather the ones that value money and fame are now the most successful, because being famous, rich and pretty is what sells music now.  

But it’s not just the industry’s fault, it’s your fault as well.  Yes, you the listener.  People would rather stick their heads in the sand and ignore the problems going on by drowning them out with some feel good dance music.  But the problems are still there; they don’t just go away. 

People can claim that music changes with time and we should embrace that.  I can hack that even though I might not like it, but music has lost its self reflective, artistic touch.  Art is about making a statement that challenges thinking, but more importantly helps us to find direction.  I’m sorry but a film clip with some over rated pop star licking a sledge hammer is not challenging us.  The sexual revolution happened 50 years ago people.  What I’m talking about is music that says, stop buying pointless shit, stop burning petrol, stop listening to what some idiot says on TV and wake up to your ignorance. 

Music needs to act as a mirror for society to see all its flaws.  That’s what art is about.

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Did you know that many of today’s pop stars are employed by the government? 

Actually that’s a lie, but you could be forgiven for thinking they were after I’m finished with this post.

The problem I have with the whole situation is the loss of integrity that music once had in the mainstream.  As I’ve spoken about in previous posts, the 60’s were a political time in music, which gifted the world many great songs.  Artists were the voice of the people, and Bob Dylan was considered the voice of a generation even though he might not have seen it that way. 

Today however, music is sexualised, and it reeks of the consumerist ideology.  The mainstream music of today is not dealing with the problems our society is facing; rather it has become a part of the problem.  Film clips, with rappers preaching about how much money they have, driving around in Lamborghini’s whilst practically naked women dance like they’re some kind of domesticated pet.

These are the ideals set forth, which are taken on board by young people.  You just have to look around and see the ignorance of the society we live in to grasp an appreciation for the depth of the problem.  Perhaps I’m a pessimist, yet I see an overwhelming majority following suit, accepting such ideals set forth as the ‘right way’.  People are obsessed with body image.  They’re obsessed with buying more, consuming more as we’re all led to believe that ‘bigger is better’.   In the meantime our world is facing the dire consequences of excessive consumption, and music which I believe to be one of the most powerful mediums in shaping the beliefs of young people is saying, lets consume more, lets sexualise and lets breed.

At the end of the day, this is what governments and corporations want.  They want populations to grow and people to consume more, because this is what’s powering our economy.  Meanwhile all the so called ‘cool’ pop stars out there are seen as rebels in the eyes of young people.  But these pop stars are not rebels, what they are is a bunch of shallow sell outs who are conforming to the manufactured structure of our society set forth by a ruling class.  They are selling to the next generation a bunch of ideals that will encourage them to follow a life dictated by monetary gain.  These pop stars are glorifying the very things which are leading to the human race’s downfall.