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Cultural Diffusion and Interaction of Popular Music

Our presentation chronicles the diffusion and interaction of popular music, focusing mainly on the diffusion of rock music between Britain and The U.S.
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Adam Ramsey

on 24 February 2011

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Cultural Diffusion and the effect of the British Invasion on the United States The 50's Rock and Roll grew from the melding of Black Rhythm and Blues with Country and Western.
This mixture was so volatile that many people stated that Rock and Roll was a plot to destroy American values by encouraging race mixing. The British Invasion -a term used mainly in the United States to describe the large number of rock and roll, beat and pop performers from the United Kingdom who became popular in the U.S.A. from 1964 to 1966. -When the British Invasion hit America in 1964, America was in depressing times from Kennedy's assassination in November of 1963.

The British Invasion of new rock music brought America out of its meloncholy state. ......Sure it was about the new hip music, but it was more than that, it brought a new way of life and it lifted the spirits and moods of its youth. Other Bands from the British Invasion: The Rolling Stones
The Hollies
The Animals
The Kinks -The British Invasion had a profound impact on the shape of popular music. It helped internationalize the production of rock and roll, establishing the British record industry as a viable centre of musical creativity, and opening the door for subsequent British (and Irish) performers to achieve international success. Rebellious Primitive Some white artists like Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper introduced Rock and Roll to the "mainstream" youth in the early 1950's, and their influence along with others began the first true multi-racial and multi-cultural movement in America.

Then.........Elvis Presley burst on the scene in the middle 1950's which signaled that Rock and Roll was a trend and legitimate. Rock n' Roll It all started with The Beatles... "Before Elvis, there was nothing... Seeing Elvis was like seeing the messiah arrive."
-John Lennon The Beatles' first US national TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (February 9, 1964) marked the beginning of the British Invasion and the start of "Beatlemania." 75% of Americans watching television that night viewed their performance. "The Beatles and the later British bands would usher in a cultural shift that, by the late 60s, meant the counterculture had jumped the counter. The bubbling counterculture would become THE culture.”
- Robert J. Thompson, pop culture scholar The Influence In America the invasion arguably spelled the end of such scenes as instrumental surf music, vocal girl groups and (for a time) the teen
idols that had dominated the American charts in the late 1950s and 60s. The following April, the british boy band held the top 5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The "London Look" Twiggy
British model Twiggy (Leslie Hornsby) epitomized the "London look" that swept the United States in the 1960s. Twiggy's short hair style and super-short miniskirts were widely imitated. In an introduction to a 1965 article on British fashion, Seventeen, the leading magazine for teenage girls, explored various aspects of the craze for anything British, including music, hairstyles, and London night clubs. “Every grad student was dressing hipper. Many things in American culture changed: fashion, the style of speech. The British invasion helped launch what happened three or four years later. The Summer of Love, the hippies ... Without the British Invasion, that change in American culture couldn’t have been possible.”
-Robert J. Thompson <Newcastle <London Liverpool> Manchester The Animals - Nov 1964 The Beatles - Feb 1964 The Rolling Stones - June 1964 The Kinks - Summer 1965 The Hollies - April 1965 The British Invasion Wild Young Americans found British fashions as appealing as the music coming from across seas and American publications carried advertisements that promoted British products or American products that fit the cool "London Look" image. Works Cited "British Rock." Wikipedia. Mediawiki, 15 Apr. 2010. Web. 18 Apr. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_rock#Punk_rock>.
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Wise Geek. Conjecture Corporation, 2003. Web. 18 Apr. 2010. <http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-cultural-globalization.htm>. Cultural Globalization Globalization of
The British Invasion The rapid traversing of ideas, attitudes and values across national borders. This sharing of ideas generally leads to an interconnectedness and interaction between peoples of diverse cultures and ways of life. This British rock n' roll culture began to spread throughout the US at a rapid pace.

How did this bizarre culture come all the way across the Atlantic into the US and take immediate effect?

Some of it is due to the physical appearance of these rock n' roll bands in the US playing shows all over the country, but the majority of it is due to mass media and the new communication technologies of that era. The newly affordable television and transistor radio were two key technologies regarding this cultural globalization. Due to these two communication devices, rock n' roll music, fashion, and a new way of life was taking over the traditional American culture, especially in the youth.
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