The Music Industry has always had an impact on popular fashion. Famous rock stars, country singers, and other musicians are in the public eye all the time and are sometimes worshiped and often adored. It would only make sense that what they wear would become popular fashion among their fans and the youth of the day. As far back as The Beatles and Elvis Presley in the days of poodle skirts, bobby socks and when kids asked for the best record player for Christmas (instead of an iPod), the music industry has influenced fashion.
Are Musicians Role Models?
This phenomenon has become more prominent in today’s day and age with the increase of media and music videos. With computer technology, photos and videos of your favorite music stars are just few key strokes away on the internet. When each new hip hop star hits the limelight of the stage, their target audience, often our youth, just has to rush out and buy the clothes they see their role models wearing. This is why it is important that stars remember they are, in fact, role models and that young people are going to mimic their fashions. There are arguments all over the media, both written and on television, even on Social Media and the internet, about young girls dressing provocatively because of unfortunate role models in the Music Industry. I won’t name any names, I’m sure we all know who, and besides that I’m not here today to discuss the merits or morals of music artists; but merely to mention that they do indeed have an influence on the fashion of the day. It’s just coincidental that young children and teens are more influenced than most adults.
Technology Changes with Fashion
Whether you’re dressing like your favorite musician, or simply enjoying their songs in your own style, one thing remains important; how do you listen to your favorite albums? Are you a technology guru with an MP3 player or an Ipod who buys and downloads your music online or with a simple touch on your smart phone? Do you still purchase CD’s to play on your CD Player?
If you’re anything like me, you’re a huge fan of vintage record players, those dinosaurs of a past era, when music was a bigger part of our culture. Music sounds tinny on CDs and when downloaded, at least in my humble opinion. There is nothing like hearing it come from a vinyl record, the notes sweeping out from the player and through the air from your vintage turntable.