Music and Age Notes

Music and Age Notes - MusicandAge 05:44 How old are you...

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Music and Age 05:44 - How old are you? - This seems like a straight forward question, one that can be answered objectively and beyond dispute - We usually think of age as a constant, objective aspect of life, much as we do sex or race. - And, as with those discourses, there are physical realities involved – chronological age is quite real - But age is also a discourse, meaning that our understandings of age, and the roles that it plays in our society, change dramatically over time - For example, the popular notion of adolescence is younger than your grandparents - Not until the 1950s did the American public begin to conceive of the teenage years as a separate stage in development characterized by rebellion - Movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean helped to cement this notion in the popular imagination - But another factor was even more influential: Rock and Roll - The emergence of rock and roll, and the concept of adolescence, are bound up with the increase of disposable income among youths during the boom years of the 1950s
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