Music and its Influence on 20th Century American History

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Kelley Krueger GLST 200/ 10am 5 November 2010 Music and its Influence on 20 th Century American History With the start of the 20th century music began to play a huge part in the rapidly maturing United States. The music of the 20th century was not only they’re to entertain the people but it was more. It was used now to influence and manipulate the listeners; the artists had a goal to entertain and to enlighten the listener so that they could get their messages heard. Music is one of the best ways to advertise and to expand ideas, and many artists knew this. Music rapidly influenced every Americans life. It was in their homes, cars, bars, theaters, movies, elevators and countless other places. Music was everywhere it defined what every American loved and worked for, it gave people hope and joy, as well as bringing out every other emotion there is in people. Music was around during the bad times as well as the good, when people were down, there were songs they could relate to, and when they were happy there were songs they could sing and dance to. Many people don’t think of how much music brightens and amplifies many things, such as movies; have you ever noticed how the directors always have a song or tune for every part of the movie bringing out just the right emotion in you. Radio, what good would radio be today if music weren’t here. There were a few major turning points in music history during the century. A couple of decades after the turn of the century music started to work its way into the homes of people and the invention of the record player was a big advance and
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people no longer needed an entire orchestra to listen to the music they loved. People still used pianos and various instruments to conduct their own music though. It was often a popular form entertainment people could gather around the musician playing the
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2010 for the course GLST 200 taught by Professor Schur during the Fall '10 term at Drury.

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