Heavy Metal Music and Society Grunge

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By: Devon Savas
The Influence of Music on Society
Grunge in the 90's

1. What is the musical genre chosen? Eg. Rap, Rock And Roll, Disco...
The musical genre that we chose for our assignment was Grunge, also referred to as The Seattle Sound. 2. What time period does it correspond to?
The time period that Grunge corresponds to was the 90's. Despite many influences on grunge that rooted back to as early as the 70's, the Grunge explosion was in the early 90's. Some of the founding bands of Grunge, such as Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Alice In Chains, actually formed in the 80's. Many members of Grunge bands, such as Pearl Jam, also had their own bands in the 80's through the early 90's, such as Mother Love Bone and Temple Of The Dog. 3. Did this type of music reflect the culture of society at the time? How? Eg. Has it addressed social issues of injustice (race, gender, wealth, poverty, war, etc.)?

Grunge did not reflect the culture of society at the time, because it was just starting to get noticed. At the time, people were either listening to metal, or disco. MTV was actually thinking of doing a 24 hour span of metal music. Punk was dying down, and so was New Wave. So people who didn’t care for any of those genres turned to Grunge. Also, Grunge was a totally different fashion than any other genres reflected at the time.

4. Did this type of music influence the culture of society at the time? How?

Yes, it influenced the culture of some society at the time. Grunge influenced those who were looking for a new type of music and a new fashion. Most people who followed Grunge usually followed it because they didn’t care for the other genres out at the time. People started to follow this fashion as Grunge expanded.

5. Has it introduced a new type of music to society? Eg. Beginning of rock and roll.

Grunge was the introduction of a genre composed of heavily distorted guitars, different song dynamics, and anger in the lyrics. Punk bands such as The...
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