Delving into underground music: the good, the bad and the unspoken truths

Stooke, Molly (2015) Delving into underground music: the good, the bad and the unspoken truths. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Underground music has always been a part of society affiliated with mystery, rebellion and anti-­establishment views. House and grime music has divided public opinion due to the negative connotations both genres possess, such as the assumption they both instigate violence and drugs. A closer look into the true representation of these genre’s gives an insightful and, perhaps, unexpected depiction of the underground movement.
    The features within “Delving into Underground Music: The good, the bad and the unspoken truths” aim to explore and discuss common stereotypes both genres are burdened with. The Special Investigation looks at people affected by four core issues; violence, drugs, politics and sexism, as well as looking at the ramifications these issues cause for underground music. Some within the industry have excelled and are pursuing great success, whilst others have been hit hard by these presumptions.
    The essay section of this Special Investigation, entitled ‘How is underground music represented in the media and how does the media contribute to music ideology?’, focuses on the way in which two underground genres of the past, punk rock and acid house, propelled to success amongst youth culture as well as the way they were portrayed by the media. The essay then explains the origins of grime music in the UK and the way the British press have represented the genre, before explaining in depth the ‘moral panic’ theory and applying it to the 2011 London Riots. A key argument in the essay is how the press have selected, defined and in some cases, reconstructed news stories in order to shun a powerful cultural movement.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 12:16
    Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 12:16

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