London And Its Old Musical Notes

December 17, 2014 11:34 am

Britain has a basket of classical composers and striking jazz musicians, however, pop music takes the front seat. Famous names like The Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Spice Girls, Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd are known all over the world. Beside pop, other music genres still remain unknown. In England, most of the British youth listens to garage, punk, pop, R&B and rock – McFly, Beyonce, JLo and Timberlake to name a few.

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Travel for Music

The origins the traditional music lies in the soul of the dances and songs of the commoners, which is passed from the villages over many generations. If you happen to visit London, be sure to visit the West End, which is musically diverse and rich, while looking for accommodations; consider hotels in London Victoria like Astors Hotel Victoria for a pleasant stay.

The British Trend Setters

Along with the Americans, England made a significant contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll, with famous bands like Beatles, amongst others. It was also in the forefront of Punk Rock in the late 70s, with bands like Sex Pistols, The Clash stealing the show, subsequently followed by heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Here is a look at the changes over the different time periods.

1930s to 1950s – Eternal Jazz and Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll

The 30s saw swing becoming popular, Benny Goodman was dubbed the “King of the Swing”, while Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw, closely followed in popularity. The music was fast and fun, and kindled the dancers to come up with peppy number, which soon led to the style being banned in the dancing halls, since the young women were flung into the air, and the aristocrats called it a ‘barbaric dance’. Even now, swing is were popular and you can take part in the many swing dancing festivals on your visit to London, while you are there, consider staying at cheap & budget hotels in London Victoria. The period around the Second World War saw slower romantic songs, in tribute to the loved ones who were away from home, such as, Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again” Towards the late 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll was born and The famous Beatles took the stage in the 60s, creating a sensation of their own

1970s to 1990s – Glam Rock and Hip Hop Beats

The major change in the 1970s was “Glam Rock”, spearheaded by Elton John, Gary Glitter and the unforgettable David Bowie. Against a bleak backdrop of that time, these bands blew life into the decade, and were a welcome relief. They performed all over the country, and you can see their concert halls on your next visit to London. Consider staying at cheap & budget hotels in London Victoria as you explore the history of this genre. The Americans soon influenced the public to adapt hip hop and rap music in the 80s, with groups like Run DMC, the Furious Five and Grandmaster Flash. The period also saw the birth and death of an interesting sensation called “New Romantics” who were groups of performers, dressed up as highwaymen and pirates, sporting huge amounts of makeup. The 1990s saw the birth of the “Britpop” brands, who made a huge impact in all over the world, they included, Pulp, The Spice Girls, Oasis, Radiohead, and Blur.

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