Who knew Lord Byron had something in common with My Chemical Romance? Armed with an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop culture, Craig Schuftan traces the history of romanticism in rock and roll, drawing comparisons between 19th century poetic giants and the heroes of indie, glam and emo music.
In this talk with Zan Rowe, Schuftan explores the links between music, philosophy and literature and why nobody wants to own up to being emo.
Susanna "Zan" Rowe is an Australian radio announcer. She started out at SRA FM in 1996 (now SYN Radio) on a show called Run with the hunted, before moving to the Monday drive shift on premier community radio station 3RRR 102.7FM presenting Transit Lounge from 2002-2004.
In 2005, she took up a full-time position with Triple J. On the 29 January 2007 she replaced Mel in the Morning that replaced The Morning Show in 2004 in the 9 a.m. to midday time slot. It was hosted by Mel Bampton. She was presenting the 'Summer Lunch' (weekdays) from 10am-2pm in 2006/7.
Rowe also regularly fills in for music director Richard Kingsmill on the new releases show '2009.'
Craig Schuftan has been presenting "The Culture Club," a history of modern art and ideas, on triple J's morning program since 2001.
He graduated from Sydney's National Art School in 1997.
Musical style that arose in the U.S. in the mid-1950s and became the dominant form of popular music in the world. Though rock has used a wide variety of instruments, its basic elements are one or several vocalists, heavily amplified electric guitars (including bass, rhythm, and lead), and drums. It began as a simple style, relying on heavy, dance-oriented rhythms, uncomplicated melodies and harmonies, and lyrics sympathetic to its teenage audience's concernsyoung love, the stresses of adolescence, and automobiles. Its roots lay principally in rhythm and blues (R&B) and country music. Both R&B and country existed outside the mainstream of popular music in the early 1950s, when the Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed (192165) and others began programming R&B, which until then had been played only to black audiences. Freed's success gave currency to the term rock and roll. The highly rhythmic, sensual music of Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, and particularly Elvis Presley in 195556 struck a responsive chord in the newly affluent postwar teenagers. In the 1960s several influences combined to lift rock out of what had already declined into a bland and mechanical format. In England, where rock's development had been slow, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were found to have retained the freshness of its very early years and achieved enormous success in the U.S., where a new generation had grown up unaware of the musical influences of the new stars. At the same time, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds, and others were blending the traditional ballads and verse forms of folk music with rock, and musicians began to explore social and political themes. Performers such as the Grateful Dead, Jim Morrison of the Doors, and Frank Zappa of the Mothers of Invention combined imaginative lyrics with instrumental virtuosity, typically featuring lengthy solo improvisation. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix won large followings with their exotic elaborations on R&B. The 1970s saw the rise of singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon, Neil Young, Elton John, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen, and rock assimilated other forms to produce jazz-rock, heavy metal, and punk rock. In the 1980s the disco-influenced rock of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Prince was balanced by the post-punk new wave music of performers such as Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads (led by David Byrne), and the Eurythmicsall of whom illustrated their songs with music videos. By the 1990s rock music had incorporated grunge, rap, techno, and other forms.
A loy of condensed information, yet the history of today`s music dates back to the earlt 1900, and before that, Nietzsch SAID "LIFE WITHOUT MUSIC IS A MISTAKE" Influenced by Wagner! Music has a balance of Religion-philosophy and science, therefore without it, one has little! Thanks Foratv it`s been Fun
I definitely agree, romanticism is not dead, and the emo genre carries it quite well through our social culture. I have always been fascinated with enlightened bands or song writers and artists as they have always given me more inspiration to stick my head into a book and find further expression in life through the lives of great historical figures.