Social Effects of Rock Music
For many people, listening to rock music is what first gives them their own identity. Teenagers universally look for music that has meaning to them and distinguishes them from their parents’ generation. It is a young person’s first step on their own – finding a style of music they identify with, and looking for others with similar musical tastes to share their experiences with.
Rock music also fosters a sense of community. People who are fans of the same music often have a sense of shared ideals, both at a concert and in everyday life. Music fans feel a bond that can even evolve into influencing politics, as the music fans of the 60’s did. Those who are not fans are also affected – rock music has inspired the formation of several groups to discuss free speech and morality through the years!
Even the way society dresses is affected by rock music. The way musicians look on stage is mirrored by their fans, and the fashions carry over into mainstream culture. Everything from clothing to hairstyle is molded by rock music. From love beaded hippie fashion to punk rock’s blue mohawks, from eighties glamour to the anti-fashion of grunge flannel, music has always had a strong influence on the way people look.