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Classical Music vs. Rock Music Essay - Paper Topics
At some point, rock bands stop being polite young men in matching suits and become drug-addled, free-loving, infrequent bath-taking hippies, and the music gets more interesting. The hippies realize that taking tons of acid has not actually made their lives quantifiably better and become disillusioned; some of them become lawyers, but some find Christianity to be a more satisfying alternative, establishing a kind of counter-counterculture called the Jesus Movement. These people (also called Jesus Freaks) are still hippies, but with less drugs and sex and more Jesus. More Jesus, in fact, than a lot of churches, who (the Jesus Freaks think) are too focused on rules and rituals and not enough on the joy of the Lord. Converts though they are, these emerging Jesus rockers are not keen on stodgy church music (it's part of the problem), and so they keep playing rock and roll, but—and this is key—they do not go back to the politeness and the matching suits. They keep their beards and torn jeans, and the Jesus Freaks start touring churches with their bands. Other Christians start to realize that (a) these people seem pretty legit, faith-wise, and (b) kids seem to like this kind of music.
This topic is, of course, Rock Music
The writing by women included in Shake It Up — 13 of its 50 essays — stands among the volume’s best. Their writing is more innovative, urgent, and complex; whether because of a pressure to compete or an urge to carve out their own language and belonging, female writers confronted — maybe not reconciled, but confronted — the enormous contradictions and ambiguities they faced. Perhaps no one did that better than Ellen Willis. As The New Yorker’s first rock writer, she wrote with a ferocious intellect and a fan’s passion, interrogating pop music and its culture with verve, suspicion, and pragmatism. In her essay, “Janis Joplin,” written in 1980, Willis sees the singer as a tragic figure of American patriarchy without smoothing over the complexity created by Joplin herself: