Music and Deviance

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MUSIC AND DEVIANCE|
Term paper in the subject of Sociology|
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Thursday, May 10, 2012Word count:1507
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Table of Content
Chapter 1………………………………………………………………………………….3 Introduction……………………………….…………………………………………….3 Objective………………………………….……………………………………………..3 Limitation………………………………….…………………………………………….3 Chapter 2…………………………………...………………………………………………4 Heavy Metal……………………………………………………………………………..4 Rap Music……………………………………………………………………………….5 Chapter 3…………………………………………………………………………………...6 Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………..6 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………..7

Chapter 1
Introduction
Since the mid 1980’s, collective efforts to define deviant music have focused increasingly on two genres heavy metal and rap music. Most of these claims assert that heavy metal and rap music represent a type of audio pornography that endorses sexist, violent and anti religious behaviors. Musical genres such as jazz and blues and the rock and roll of 1940’s and 1950’s were believed to have contributed to teenager’s moral disintegration. In addition to rock music, performers of newer popular styles, particularly heavy metal and rap, have recently come under attack for their perceived potential to negatively influence young audiences. In a 1985 standing room only United State senate hearing, several prominent political families rallied testimony to the harmful effects of pornography and violence present in the lyrics of heavy metal music. Rap music was lambasted just five years later when a recording by a group called 2 live crew was declared obscene by a federal court in Florida and the members of the band were arrested. Objective

The objective of this term paper is to examine whether or not listening to some genres of the music inspires listener to do activities which society considers deviant.

Limitation
The limited reference material as stated in Bibliography would be the limitation of this research paper.

Chapter 2
Heavy Metal Music
Heavy metal, an off-shoot of mainstream rock music, was popularized by Led Zeppelin with the release of the band’s first album in 1968.Metal is characterized by a pounding beat, high pitched vocals that are sung or shouted, and distorted electric guitars that provide a metallic sound. Lyrics of many popular metal songs revolve around topics such as extreme rebellion, substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, perversion, and Satanism.Critics contend that recent metal music emphasizes anger, violence, homicide, and suicide. Parental and law enforcement systems campaigned vehemently against metal music. The Parents Music Resource Center demanded warning stickers on album covers, but the demand was adamantly opposed by artists such as Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Frank Zappa. One website quotes Snider as explaining that the sticker was a form of censorship, which not only infringes on speech, but also corrupts communication.On the night of Friday October 26, 1984, 19-year old John McCollum shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber handgun while listening to a record by Ozzy Osbourne. In October of 1985, McCollum’s parents filed suit against Osbourne and his record company. The Court of Appeals ruled that Osbourne’s music was constitutionally protected and could not be seen as cause of the suicide. In Nevada, on December 23, 1985, 18-year old Raymond Belknap and his friend James Vance listened to the album “Stained Class” by the British band Judas Priest. The families filed a law suit against Judas Priest and their record company, arguing that the suicides were the result of hidden messages on the Judas Priest album (“do it, do it”). But the judge ruled that this was merely the result of an accidental noise caused by a guitar part and an exhalation. While a number of researchers have associated heavy metal music with depression or anger, these effects do not usually occur when heavy metal is the listener’s musical preference. A study of more than 1,000 gifted...
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