Arts then VS Now

Art, Music, & Literature from the 1950's vs. now.


  • Many musical styles flourished and combined in the 1940s and 1950s, most likely because of the influence of radio had in creating a mass market for music. World War II caused great social upheaval, and the music of this period shows the effects of that upheaval.
  • Rock and Roll dominated popular music in the latter half of the 1950s. The musical style originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, and quickly spread to much of the rest of the world. Its immediate origins lay in a mixing together of various black musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel music; with country and western and pop In 1951, Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, and is credited with first using the phrase "rock and roll" to describe the music.
Alan Freed and His Rock and Roll Band - Rock and Roll Boogie (from the movie Rock Rock Rock - 1956)

Music Now

Top 10 Songs Of The Week- April 25, 2015
Music now is mainly influenced by a plentiful amount of things. Depending on the genre you can find songs about drugs, alcohol, love, sex, loss, and hard times. The modern music of pop and rap are filled with vulgarity and talk of inappropriate things. If you branch off to now days rock and roll or rock in general you can find some of the same vulgarity but mainly rock has decent messages if you read through the lyrics or talk to the artists themselves.

Pop art was popular in the 50's influencing some modern art today

Pop art vs. modern art

A Few Popular Books from then and now

1950's___________________________________________________________ Today

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger__________________Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White_______________________Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Lord of the Flies by William Golding _________________The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Book Influences

In the 50's the small literary movement was called the Beat Generation. The Beat Generations was the shady underside of society. Their writing was more bold, straightforward, and expressive than ever before. Even though it wasn't that large in term of numbers, the impact it made is more visible than anything relating in that time.

What about now?

Books written in the 2000's or later seem to have more of mystic interest over anything else. Creating fantasies to escape from reality. Also the Japanese style of writing called "manga" is quite popular.
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