Glam Rock and Its Social Impact Writing Exercise 1

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(Pimentel) 1 English 100 Glam Rock and Its Social Impact In Ryan Moore’s book, Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture, and Social Crisis, Moore emphasizes the importance of noise over rhythm in the role of making a political statement. Glam Rock, which emerged in the 80’s, proved that noise was not all that was needed to grab the attention of society. Van Halen and Bon Jovi, for example, were superstars of their time and with their songs, “Runnin’ With the Devil”, and “Livin’ on a Prayer”, respectfully, provided a “fantasy of working class trancensdence” in times of economic and social crisis with a balance of both rhythm and noise. (107). In the song, “Runnin’ With the Devil” by Van Halen, there is a strong message of independence in the lyrics, paired up with music to pump up the listener and make them feel more powerful, but not necessarily with all the “noise” that comes with punk music. Metaphors are key in Van Halen’s song. One line that protrudes in the song is, “All I’ve got, I had to steal/Least I don’t need to beg or borrow”. The song encourages the younger generation to stand up for themselves, to not be afraid to go against what society expects of them, “steal” their independence if they have to, and not allow themselves to bow down to anyone in the process. The image of this wonderful independence painted then encourages a positive outlook towards the future that was not seen in rock music before. The main line of the song, which is also the title, “Runnin’ With the Devil” is another
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