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Over time, the style of music has changed drastically. The music between artists also varies a great deal as well. As different as they are, they are very deeply intertwined with each other. Many artists from one genre influenced others in another genre. The web of people who influenced other artists is very large and interconnected. It affects every aspect of the music artists make and even the artists themselves. Chuck Berry is an early rock musician who started producing music in the 50’s. He was one of the first pioneers of rock music. The most notable song in this first wave was Johnny B. Goode. Not many others were playing the type of music he chose to play. He was also one of the first who played with an electric guitar, even though it was created about 30 years before he started producing music. He’s considered by many as the grandfather (or founding father) of rock n roll. He claimed he was primarily influenced by blues musician T-Bone Walker. He was unique because he presented a style of music to the public that had never been heard before. He created a whole new genre. He contributed to the genre of rock by essentially creating it. I chose to research him because he was the one who really brought rock to life. Chuck berry passed away recently on May 18th, 2017Although he wasn’t in the first wave of folk artists, Bob Dylan was the first who brought the electric guitar into it. He allowed folk music to evolve into something no one had ever seen before: folk rock. That’s why I chose to research Dylan over all the other folk artists. He inspired many musicians with his songs, such as Tambourine Man. While Dylan insists that they’re not actually protest songs, his songs are recognized by most people as the greatest protest songs ever created. He started his music career while he was in college in the year 1959. When he played his first folk concert people were so appalled at his music, namely the fact that he played the electric guitar, that they left the festival grounds until his act was over. Some just left and didn’t come back. Despite this, Dylan later became a well known artist who inspired many. Bob Dylan’s most important influences were Woody Guthrie, Elvis Presley, Pete Seeger and Little Richard. Guns n Roses got together in 1985. The band was originally made up of Axl Rose (lead vocals), Slash (lead guitar), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Steven Adler (drums), however the members changed rather frequently throughout the band’s existence. Axl and Dizzy Reed, a member who would join later, were the only members who were in the band since the revamp in 1990 until Slash rejoined the band in 2016. The members who joined later are Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Richard Fortus (guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums), and Melissa Reese (keyboards). Guns n Roses broke up in 1996, but had a reunion of sorts in 2016. Guns n Roses is a heavy metal band known for their songs Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, and Paradise City. I chose this band because they’re a fairly well known heavy metal band and also because they’re a band I happen to like. Some of their influences include Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Motörhead, Iggy Pop, Queen, Led Zeppelin as well as Elton John, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Neil Young. They were unique because their show were extremely dangerous. They don’t have shows like this anymore but there were many drug overdoses, arrest warrants, and riots. They themselves were dangerous, many found it thrilling but others found it rather repulsive. On top of them being different in that manner, they’re an inspiration to many current bands. Glam rock star, Marilyn Manson (although his original name was Brian Warner) is rather unique as a person, let alone an artist. The vibe he gives off and his unusual style and outfits keep some from ever listening to his music. But for others, it draws them in. From his eerie white makeup and black hair to his one pale blue eye and the other eye that is so dark brown it’s almost black, Marilyn’s style is completely unparallelled. Dark as it is, it still doesn’t erase the fact that he’s most definitely glam rock. His eccentricness and theatricality, especially on stage, is very representative of glam rock. He even paved the way for other rock artists to take on a darker persona and/or stage persona for their careers. He showed people that weird and eerie and abnormal wasn’t always a bad thing. I chose to research Marilyn because he’s pretty different from other artists, even other glam rock artists such as Alice Cooper. He doesn’t care what people think of him and continues to do what he feels like doing, that’s another thing he gave the genre of rock. Marilyn has stated that some of his influences were David Bowie, N.W.A., Justin Timberlake, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Doors, Alice Cooper, and Smashing Pumpkins. Prince was born in 1958 and started making music in 1976. He says was inspired by Earth Wind & Fire, Joni Mitchell, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, and Larry Graham. While he was also a funk artist, Prince invented the “Minneapolis Sound”, which is basically an electric funk/electric/synthrock/R hybrid. This new sound later became extremely influential to the music of the 80’s. Prince was one of the few musicians who could do everything. He could write, arrange, and produce incredible songs and also lead a band and sing and dance. That’s not something you can learn. He had a different style than everyone before him and he didn’t bother to concern himself with what they thought of this style, that’s why I chose to research Prince. He was such an influential figure and he reached so many people without changing who he was or how he made his music, which is pretty rare. I’m fairly sure that almost everyone, in this country at least, knows his song Purple Rain. Rightfully, too. It truly is an amazing song. Prince passed away recently on April 21, 2016 because of an accidental drug overdose. It’s saddening when someone with that much talent passes away, let alone a person as good as Prince was. The Bee Gees were a disco band that formed in Redcliffe, Australia in 1958. There were three members, whom were all brothers. Their names were Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Their sound was influenced by The Beatles, the Mills Brothers, and the Everly Brothers. While almost everyone knows of their hit Stayin’ Alive and therefore knows that disco sound, they weren’t always disco. The Bee Gees broke up in 1969 and reunited in 2009 and after the reunion, they were never disco again. I chose to research the Bee Gees mainly because I like Stayin’ Alive and they’re one of the few disco bands I’m actually familiar with. The Bee Gees didn’t really create a new style or anything, they just heightened what was already there. They added on to what people as a whole thought of the genre of disco. Now, Barry is the only Bee Gee who’s alive. Maurice died because he went into cardiac arrest. Robin Gibb died because of pneumonia. Green Day is a punk band that still exists today made up of three members. Those members are Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Tré Cool (drums) and Mike Dirnt (bass). The band’s name “Green Day” was chosen because the phrase “green day” was slang for a day spent smoking weed. Before the band chose the name it would stick with, they were called “Sweet Children” and Billie Joe had written a song with the title ‘Green Day’ about his first experience with marijuana. They later decided Green Day was a better band name and changed it. The band got together in 1986 in East Bay, California. In 2012-2013 they decided to take a break because the lead singer decided to go to rehab for his substance abuse. Other than that, they, as a band, have been going on strong for three whole decades now. Green Day is so influential that for many people, upon hearing the term “punk rock” think of Green Day. Of course, they had their influences, as well. All Music’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine once described Green Day as “punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy, three-chord punk-pop songs” and their music is often compared to that of the first bands of the punk genre, such as the Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, and the like. However, Billie Joe has stated that his biggest influences are actually more sentimental alternative bands such as The Replacements and Hüsker Dü. Green Day have also stated that other bands like The Kinks, The Who and Cheap Trick are also large influences for them. During the time when they were writing their album, American Idiot, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and U2 were especially important and drastically affected the way the album turned out, specifically its style and sound. They’re pretty unique because, as it was said before, Green Day are “punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy, three-chord punk-pop songs”. They were very important to the continuation of punk rock, and rock altogether, as a whole. They were the match that relit the flame that was punk music and brought a new style to rock itself, from their first album, Dookie, to their most recent album, Revolution Radio. David Bowie, one of the most famous new wave artists, was part of the beginning of something that’s still continuing today: gender stereotypes, gender roles and gender identity. Bowie was known for being rather feminine. He was unashamed of who he was in that respect, which is something kids nowadays are struggling with. I chose to research Bowie mainly because of this. He was, and still is, opening people’s eyes to new things and new ways to present yourself. He showed people, especially the younger generations, that you don’t have to be like everyone else; you don’t have to be what people want to be; you don’t have to be a masculine man or a feminine woman if you don’t want to. Several other artists were trying to send this message as well, but there weren’t very many of them. Bowie started making music in 1962 and he was influenced by The Beatles, Syd Barrett, Kraftwerk and William S. Burroughs. His songs were different in the message he was trying to send and the style itself. Take Rebel Rebel for example. Most people weren’t talking about stuff like that at all. You could look at his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. People don’t usually talk about that stuff, whether it’s in a concept album or not. Many thought him strange for his personality/style/ music, but regardless, he kept being himself with little care for what they thought. Bowie died of liver cancer on January 10th, 2016. Nirvana was a grunge band from Washington state formed by two members named Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar) and Krist Novoselic (bass) in 1987. They had multiple drummers, the longest lasting of these was Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Nirvana was inspired by Redd Kross, Iggy Pop, The Knack, The Beatles, Sweet and Jefferson Airplane and Bikini Kill, Beat Happening, Mudhoney, Melvins and Earth were all artistic/music lifelines for Kurt himself. I chose to research this band because I like their music. They were also important to grunge as a subgenre and heightened what was already there. They inspired many of the bands that would come soon after them. The band blew up after they released their single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in 1991. The band only lasted six years because April 8th, 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead. Forensic data concluded that Kurt had shot himself three days before. The other two members are still alive and Dave Grohl is currently the lead singer in the popular rock band Foo Fighters. Many people still consider Nirvana the greatest grunge band today. Tupac Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was born June 16, 1971. He started making hip hop/rap music when he was only 13. Tupac was influenced, musically, by Shakespeare Machiavelli, Big Syke, Scar Face, NWA, Ice-T, Rakim, Too Short, Above the Law and L.L. Cool J. He actually influenced artists like 50 Cent, Eminem, Mac Mall and many others. Tupac was murdered on September 13, 1996. I chose to research Tupac because he’s a pretty well known artist. So well known that even now, 20 years after his death, he’s still one of the most iconic symbols of hip hop and rap music. Tupac’s record All Eyez On Me has sold the second most copies of any rap artist, and he’s only second to Eminem, whom he influenced. While this doesn’t exactly accurately describe the entire web of artists’ influences and who they influence and how interconnected and vast it really is, it does display how some artists and their styles influence some of the other artists. I think music will start to gradually become more electronic and not rely on instruments as much as computer generated sounds. That is, until people decide they miss the “classic” sound of instruments and will probably go for acoustic instruments. They’ll probably also go for electric guitar and bass but no synth or other techno-sounding instruments like that. Then they’ll probably move on to something we probably haven’t heard yet because the sounds keep evolving.