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12 Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Can the sound of music or the meaning of song lyrics cause listeners to do things they would not otherwise do?

13 Progressive and Glitter Rock Progressive rock is sometimes called pretentious. Why do you think that is? Why does androgyny make some people uncomfortable? To what degree was glitter an expression of homosexuality, and to what degree was it merely rebellion against those who were easily offended by it? Might glitter have reflected or promoted the gay rights movement?

14 Ska and Reggae Reggae is music of politically and socially oppressed people in Jamaica. Is the international popularity of reggae most likely to be based on its identiy with those people, or is it popular more because it is good dance music? Might the reasons for reggae’s popularity in England be different from those for its popularity in the United States? Why? What current bands play ska or reggae?

15 Punk Rock and New Wave Punk is angry music and it is most effective when the anger is directed at some particular issue, person, or practice. In what ways do Christian Punk bands handle both religious and Punk attitudes? What about New Wave, which is generally fairly alienated from emotion? Could it express a positive or religious message effectively?

16 Funk and Disco Along with most rock music, funk is a style that is primarily dominated by male performers (at least as group leaders), whereas many disco stars are female. How do those styles each compare with other rock styles that are or are not also male dominated? are the male-dominated styles ones that women would not care to perform or is there something inherently macho about them to the point that fans do not want to hear female performers? Are there any characteristics about disco that give it particular appeal for women and homosexuals?

17 Hip-Hop and Rap
Rap music tends to have a racial identity. To what degree does that reject the idea of racial integration as an ideal?
18 Pop and Alternative styles
If you were a new music artist trying to get noticed by the masses, where would you go to get attention? Is MTV still a viable option? Why do you feel that way? The term alternative is still used today when describing some music. What does that mean?
19 Alienated and Back to the Roots Rock
Much postpunk alternative music is much more depressed than rock music of the sixties, when many musicians and fans were really experiencing war and death in Vietnam. What might have been attractive about death and depressed themes for young people during the eighties? What rock styles express similar themes today? 20 Rock in the Nineteen nineties

It is true that music separates the generations? How do bands like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, whose music is often popular with both the youngest and oldest rock fans, transcend the generation gap, or do they

21 Rock in the Early two-Thousands Are there any limits to the emotions that might be expressed in rock music? Is the statement that only the poor go to war, as expressed in the song “B.Y.O.B.,” correct? Who is in the US military today and why are they there? Was there ever a time when young people were required to go to war even if they absolutely did not want to?

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