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A Condensed Progression of Violence in Music In the late 1950s Elvis Presley revolutionized the music industry and took the world by surprise His rock-and-roll rhythms and gyrating style dance fascinated many teenagers yet disturbed many parents When the singer appeared on Ed Sullivans variety show Presleys hips were kept out of the camera range because his movements were considered too suggestive Reflecting on the Presley-Sullivan incident numerous people are amused at the innocence of the time and the severity of the situation Since the Elvis age society has witnessed the correlation of music and violence and this trend is escalating at a quick rate Today people are increasingly concerned about how music might affect individuals and society as a whole however we can observe past trends seen in 1969 to help determine the progression of violence generated from the music industry In retrospect 1969 was a year that possibly initiated the concept of using music to corrupt social values and employed music as a motive for violence These trends established in the late 1960s have heightened in severity and are partially responsible for todays violence in music It is apparent that music has the power of influence for the act of listening indirectly takes the listener away from other activities The Parents Music Resource Center reports that American teenagers listen to an estimated 10500 hours of rock music between the 7th and 12th grades alone - just 500 hours less than they spend in school over twelve years It is clear that their listening time could be put towards other productive means but the listener chooses to listen rather than engage in other activities The frequency of exposure to music may create immediate or long-term effects Immediate responses encompass emotional reactions during listening and respective repercussions may take form in dreams or unnecessary excitement The long-range effects concern the learning that is produced One could learn from the song content such as vocabulary
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