Life Influenced By Art During The Decades Between The 1940 ' S

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Life Influenced By Art
There are three themes that can be observed in the way that race was affected by or reflected by music in the decades between the 1940’s and the 1970’s. The first theme that can be observed is the cultural appropriation that was rampant in the early years of the 1950’s and 1960’s. During these years music that was a product of black intellectual property and work ethic was given more notoriety when performed by white artists. This theme can be best categorized and highlighted with the King of Rock of Roll, Elvis Presley. Presley was able to gain national and international fame within the music genre of Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll was the product of a fusion of black and white music. This was not the first or last time that blacks “found their culture serving as the basis of someone else financial gain” (Lipsitz. 1994). This phenomenon also produced itself in one other way. It presented itself in a way that black musicians would have their music banned or not even played because the face behind the voice was black and not white. There were times between the 1940’s and 1970’s when artists experienced prejudice that could manifest in the form of reduced record sales, lack of distribution assistance, and even in having a record not played on the record because the artist was black. Ray Charles spoke of an instance in which one his records was banned from the radio due to the content, but the same recorded was played on the radio when it was recovered by a…

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