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The Rise of the Anti-Hero As society changes so does the media The conception of the anti-hero a protagonist with little or no redeeming qualities has become a true example of this change Americas growing acceptance of a violence-oriented society untraditional lifestyle and emphasis on materialism has created the increasing popularity of the anti-hero in modern music literature and film Current music and its artists are direct representations of modern societys increasing acceptance of and fascination with untraditional lifestyle Although many musical artists lead rebellious outrageous and unethical lives their influence on the public has led to tremendous acceptance of their anti-heroic traits Their followings have acquired and incorporated similar characteristics and values Artists such as Jim Morrison Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were among the first to start the musical anti-hero movement From their actions and ideals stemmed an expanding genre of music based on anti-establishment principles One example of is the gangster rap genre whose underlying message focuses completely on the glorification of anti-heroic qualities and actions The lifestyles of singer songwriter Jim Morrison of the Doors and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana both greatly personify untraditional qualities and are prime examples of anti-heroic lifestyles Despite Jim Morrisons consumption of alcohol and drugs in addition to his rebellious and unprincipled lifestyle Wikipedia his constant arrests for disruption possession of illegal substances and indecent exposure amongst other instances he has been deemed an American Poet and is revered as genius by many Even with his reputation as a leather-wearing drunk beginning to proceed him he never played down the rumors Wikipedia Jim Morrison was who he was and did not care otherwise His shamanistic live performances and hedonistic lifestyle Wikipedia drew many towards him and his music curious and envious of his stature and lifestyle Morrison never toned down his act continuing his attitude until the day he died of a drug overdose In retrospect Kurt Cobains grunge I dont care mentality and sloppy appearance
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