The music industry of the 20th century and the highlights of that period in five minutes - part two
Today we continue to remember highlights in the global music industry 20th centuries. And our goal is to get it done in five minutes! This may sound crazy, but not for us. Because we primarily focus our attention on the truly significant episodes that changed the course of history in one way or another and had a tremendous impact on it.
So last week we talked about the King of Rock and Roll, Beatlemania, ABBA's Eurovision victory, and a few other things. What will we talk about today? We suggest finding out together. For each decade we have tried to select the most striking event.
"The Day the Music Died" in the late '50s
No one said that the events we are going to talk about are necessarily positive. First of all, they are. colossal, и "the day the music died" in the late '50s definitely fits this criterion. The terrible plane crash that occurred February 3, 1959 in Iowa, near Clear Lake, took 3 promising early rock and roll stars from the world at once: Buddy Holly, Richie Valensa and Big Bopper. There is no doubt: this tragedy has changed the course of events, and it is likely that we have lost a great deal...
After assembling a new band, Holly went on tour. Valens and Bopper, aspiring musicians, were to play the opening act. Alas, tragedies Many events had preceded itThe reason Holly had to use a plane instead of continuing her tour by bus. What is remarkable is that other people were supposed to fly instead of Valens and Bopper. Ritchie, for example, won his ticket from Tommy Allsup... That's it - sometimes small little events that we don't even pay attention to can cost lives.
Woodstock gives future idols a chance in the late '60s
Woodstock - largest and most famous 60's music festival. He was going through August 15 to 18, 1969 on a farm in a town in rural Bethel, New York. Hundreds of thousands of people attended, though there were no conditions: the audience slept in tents in the middle of a muddy field, drank heavily (the musicians recalled), and most of the guests were hippiewhich added to the chaos. But today it all just adds to its atmosphere...
Dozens of performers and bands performed at the festival, many of whom subsequently achieved stunning fame. Among them were Santana, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and others. Today they are world stars. But back then they were just young musicians who sometimes didn't even have enough money for food. So it's safe to say that Woodstock 1969 gave many of its artists a ticket to Olympus.
"Clown fashion," or the emergence of glam rock in the early '70s
The period of the '70s is remembered for a number of reasons, at least because of the emergence of disco. But more importantly, it was the decade when disco was born, put down its roots, and then actively spread. glam rock! And speaking of its importance - here we are talking not so much about the sound, but rather about the appearance of the representatives of this direction. Clothed in bizarre jumpsuits with rhinestones - they went on stage on a high platform and with some crazy hair on their heads, and shocked and delighted the audience at the same time!
Subsequently, this fashion would resonate in almost everything from hard rock and ending with contemporary pop music.
The ancestors of glam were such legends as David Bowie, Slade, Marc Bolan, Kiss. And yes: it was their outrageous publicity that brought them so much attention and, accordingly, made them so popular. So who knows how much talent would have remained in the shadows if it were not for "clown fashion".
Queen steals the show in the '80s
The most striking event of the 1980s in world music was the charity festival Live Aidwhich passed in 1985 The event was held at two major venues, John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia and Wembley Stadium in London. The event was attended by hundreds of thousands of people, and television broadcasts were watched by about 1.9 billion people in more than 150 countries around the world! Needless to say, it was an instant ticket to Olympus for almost all the stars who performed at Live Aid?
The show is remembered for its colorful numbers, and even its reunions (albeit unfortunate, as in the case of the Led Zeppelin). However, one group completely stole it, and it Queen. Their number turned out to be the most breakthrough, spectacular, and rocking. Subsequently, Elton John, with his characteristic irony, said (in a kindly way):
"Damn it! They brazenly stole the whole show from us! It was their night..."
Pop King rocks out at Super Bowl XXVII in the '90s
Early 90s Michael Jackson was already the consummate pop king with number one hit tracks and a multimillion-dollar circulation under his belt. He had already played "bad" - one of the three biggest tours of that era, as well as making iconic music videos that became hits on MTV. And so, he was invited to Super Bowl XXVII…
His spectacular performance at the Super Bowl in 1993 was the highlight of the decade! It's worth adding that it was also a big career breakthrough. Jennifer Batten - his guitarist, who also traveled with him on tour.