80s Rock Music

Rock music advanced mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom after the 1960s and continued to grow even into today. It began as a mixture of all genres of music including country, rhythm and blues, jazz, and even folk music. Generally, the electric guitar was a major element of rock along side of the bass guitar and drums. Like the already popular pop music, rock lyrics centered around the themes of love, lust, and other social or political issues. The songs were often used to express feelings of rebellion against the government or higher establishments. During the 1960s and 1970s groups of music formed that are known as "hybrids" such as pop-rock, blues-rock, folk-rock, and psychedelic-rock. These were all the different types of music morphed with a heavier rock and roll style. Some types of rock include soft rock, hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock, and rap rock. Rock music of all types had a huge impact on America's youth, forever changing their culture, fashion, and social attitudes. The hardcore lyrics and rebellious themes will forever alter the way that teens interact in society.

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Iggy Pop was born on April 21, 1947 as James Oterberg in a trailer park in Ann Arbor Michigan. He was a very bright child and he was valedictorian of his high school class. Later in his mid-twenties James moved to Chicago in order to pursue his career in blues. When this did not work he moved back to Michigan and first formed a band that consisted of members Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, and Dave Alexander. They went by the name "The Psychedelic Stooges". After James got a reputation for dressing crazily and putting on a really good show he changed his name to Iggy Pop and "Iggy and The Stooges" was born. "Iggy and The Stooges" had a great following all throughout the 70's, but it was Iggy Pop's solo career in the 80's where he really shined. Once the Stooges ended Iggy, with the help of David Bowie, was able to produce his solo albums "The Idiot" and "Lust For Life" which went to be put down in the books as his greatest and most inspirational albums. Even though Iggy struggled with a heroin addiction, and was in and out of mental facilities, all throughout his career he was able to fight through it and become one of the most well known and inspirational punk rock singers of the 70's and 80's. "Iggy and The Stooges" soon became a milestone in the punk movement and created songs that are still classics today like "Search and Destroy" and "Passenger". When we look back at "Iggy and The Stooges" we realize that they did not just ride the wave of 80's punk movement but, helped create the tsunami that is still influencing music today.

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Marvin Lee Aday aka Meat Loaf was born on September 27,1947 in Dallas, Texas into a very unstable household. His mother died of cancer when he was only 15 years old. And afterwards, Marvin's dad, who was an alcoholic, came at his son with a butcher knife. Because of the unstable household that he was forced to grow up in, by the time he was in seventh grade Marvin weighted over 240 pounds. Unlike many children growing up in a rough home, he was able to over come his family problems and continue his musical career throughout high school and into his 20's. Soon after he took up the name Meat Loaf in order to further his career and get his name known. He started off performing in musicals such as Hair and Rainbow and then moved on to larger roles and appeared in musicals on stage and screen in the late 1970s and film appearances that include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Roadie, and Wayne's World. Thus it was as a musical actor, not a band vocalist, that Meat Loaf came to the attention of Jim Steinman who would later make him famous. He began collaborating with Steinman who boosted his music career exponentially. In 1967, he formed the group Meat Loaf Soul. With musical help from Steinman, Bat Out of Hell debuted and became his first major album to hit the records as a rock artist. To drum up interest in Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf toured the country with a band that included Karla De Vito singing the female parts. Meal Loaf Soul opened for The Who and Iggy Pop, but because of his career split with Steinman, two years later Meat Loaf was working as a parking lot attendant. In 1993, Meat Loaf re-joined Steinman and released Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Along with that he produced six other albums: Dead Ringer in 1981, Midnight at the Lost and Found in 1983, Bad Attitude in 1985, and Blind Before I Stop in 1986, Live at Wembley in 1987, and Primecuts in 1989. But the most successful of these was Bat Out of Hell II. The album stayed on the external image 040daf9e9ebe8d50ae55b26a76916e96-T3charts for over a year and a half, though it never broke into the Top Ten. But in the U.K. the album hit Number Nine and sold over two million copies and stayed on the charts for 395 weeks. By the early nineties Bat Out of Hell II had sold over 30 million copies world wide. As Bat Out of Hell II advertising was on the rise, it was named number one in 20 countries, and it started a Standing Room Only World-Wide Tour and Madison Square Garden sold out in 90 minutes. It had been as popular as Bat Out of Hell I. His career was at an all time high and his ratings were souring. Meat Loaf had become a huge star and a huge name in the music business, and will be remembered for years to come.

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