The History of British pop/rock The Beatles and the British Invasion It would be suffice to say that the British experience of pop music was quite different from the American. Britpop also know as British alternative rock, was part of a British alternative rock movement that was in the 1990s, the term "Britpop" had been used as early as 1987 but it wouldn't be until 1995 when the term exploded and was used extensively. It was characterized by the appearance of bands that borrowed influences from 1960s and 1970s. Britpop bands were mostly influenced by the British guitar music of the 60’s and 70’s. The Rocker cornerstones were bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and their classic Mod contemporaries like The Who were very influential, possibly playing the biggest role in the formation of the Britpop movement. Paul Weller who is praised as the founder and initiator of the Britpop movement, because of his love of Mod music from the 70’s he has the nickname “The Modfather”. Weller has performed with the big Britpop bands. Britpop was seen very much as a movement against certain cultural and musical trends of the late eighties and early nineties, particularly the influx of American grunge music. Britpop bands were heavily influenced by British rock movements of the past, drawing inspiration from a vast array of previous sub genres including glam rock and punk rock. The Beatles and The Kinks heavily influenced several bands, including Blur and Oasis. Britpop was mainly popular as music of choice for the British working class. Britpop was perhaps a misnomer since there’d been British pop since the 1950s. But it became the shorthand term for the revival of music influenced by both the ‘60s and punk that became very popular, for a brief while in the mid 1990s. It marked the advent of “Cool Britannia,” an era where British culture enjoyed the same kind of international reputation it had in the 1960s when Swinging London was an emblem for everything cool. Although several bands fell under the greater banner of Britpop, ultimately it became the province of the two bands, Blur and Oasis, who dominated the style. What really characterized these new bands was the sharpness in the songwriting, and the use of strong hooks and choruses to make each piece memorable. There were echoes of the Beatles and the Stones in the rivalry that arose between Blur and Oasis. British Rock:
Brit rock evolved from the influence of American rock and roll in the 1960’s and dramatically changed the music scene in the UK. Previous to the emergence of Brit Rock people such as Cliff Richard and Elvis dominated the music scene with a very different sound from what was to appear. In 1962 the real emergence of Brit rock occurred in Liverpool with bands such as Brian Poole and the Tremolos and the legendary Beatles. The massive success and popularity of the Beatles showed the way in the new sound and in 1963. The Beatles went on to become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of Brit rock and over the years have released more than forty different singles, and albums that have reached number one in the British charts. The Beatles:
I truly love the Beatles, but even I am stumped when it comes to specifying a genre for them. When I look at my IPod it mixes them from Pop to Rock. They are their own thing. In a book I checked out from the library they are described as Mockers, a combination of mod (modernist) and rocker. On July 6, 1957, John Lennon, the leader of a band called the Quarry Men, originally called the Black Jacks which he formed when he was 17 which mainly played skiffle music, a mixture of folk, jazz, and blues which was popular in England at the time. He was introduced to Paul McCartney a 15-year-old self-taught left-handed guitar player (which is cool because so am I), through a mutual friend, at Woolton Parish Church, where the Quarry Men were scheduled to perform. Impressed by Paul’s ability to play and...
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