Social Effects of Rock Music

Concert Anti Nowhere League
Listening to rock music can provoke strong emotional responses, for those who enjoy it as well as those who don’t. But whether you are a fan or not, there is no denying the 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.

Whether it is the idea of people coming together to effect societal or political change, or people dressing and acting in a way to divide themselves from the rest of society, rock music has always had an influence. By creating identity and community, the many social effects of rock music are undeniable.