The Music of the Silent Generation
What is Swing Music?
Swing started as early as the 1920's and
enjoyed great popularity until roughly 1945.
Swing is an offshoot of Jazz music that is
rooted in both African and European traditions.
Swing is a music designed to dance to.
Swing is based on the music's flow, not a hard beat.
What is the Cultural Impact of Swing Music?
Swing was an escape from the seriousness of
World War II and more generally, the times.
Swing created a mini-subculture with its:
- distinct dance steps.
- call and response rhythms which created a "swing language."
Who Were the
"Kings of Swing"?
- Glenn Miller
- Benny Goodman
- Duke Ellington
- Count Bassie
What is Jazz Music?
Jazz is known for its spontaneity and emotion.
Jazz of the 1940's: Bop
- Bop was a revolt from the confining style of Swing music
- Bop focused more on the harmony than the melody.
Jazz of the 1950's: Cool
- Cool marked a return to a Swing style of music without the call
and response rhythms.
- Cool was a laid back style, using slowed beats and
What is the Cultural Impact of Jazz (of the 1940's and
- Bop signified a defiance of the escapist view of
- Cool showed a desire to forget the worries of the present and simply
Who was "Cool" in the '50's and "Bop-ing"
in the '40's ?
- Miles Davis
- Billie Holliday
- Dizzy Gillespie
What is Beatnik
What is the Cultural Impact of Beatnik Music?
- Beatnik music had a pacifistic mentality.
- Beatnik music was impartial to both race and sex.
- Beatnik music provided an escape and a protest to World War II and later
the Red Scare of the 1950's.
Who were the "Hep Cats" of Beatnik?
- Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg (both writers)
- Buddy Holly (for his innovative sound)
Rock n' Roll
What is Rock n'
What is the
Cultural Impact of Rock n' Roll?
- Rock n' Roll became the sounding board for teen emotions and problems, such as young love,
school, cars, and parents.
- Rock n' Roll signified a teenage defiance of adult values and general authority.
- Rock n' Roll focused on the individual (in love, with/without a fast car, etc.) rather than
an ambiguous group.
- Bill Haley "Rock Around the Clock"
- Chuck Berry "Johnny B. Goode"
- Little Richard "Good Golly Miss Molly"