The Effects and Values of Rock Music

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What value, if any, does music have? If any values do exist, are they positive or negative ones? Renowned author Allan Bloom (1987), a professor of philosophy, believes that listening to rock music has a negative effect and has harmed the youths of America. He claims that rock music has no value whatsoever, except a negative influence. A majority of society today has grown up listening to some form of rock whether it b the likes of ?50?s standout Buddy Holly or the weird band Kiss. At the time, these musicians had some form of value on their listeners, whether it is for the better or for the worse. Much to the chagrin of Allan Bloom (1987), individual people decide whether or not rock music holds any kind of value and that is usually determined on whether or not they like the sound of it, but on top of this, rock music can hold both positive and negative values.

Through the history of rock music, the style of music has changed drastically as well as the lyrics. In the early ?50?s, a young man named Elvis Presley came along and created a new sound. He went down in history as the original creator of rock music. Even back during this time period, issues about the value of his music arose. Criticizers often brought up points about how Elvis?s songs brought out bad qualities in people and that his music holds no value to it. Now a days, his music is widely accepted and today?s modern rockers are the ones feeling the heat. Why is this the case? I believe that today?s society considers Elvis?s music, along with the other early rockers music, to hold an important value today. The value that these early rockers have is the fact that they...