The Swing, The, American Culture, And The Revolution Of The Youth Culture

1460 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
The BBC film documentary The Swing Thing, discusses the history of the Swing era and its process of inspiration among the music industry, American culture, and the revolution of the youth culture; along with stories of how this style of jazz became the first and most globally popular form of music in history. The film also depicts the overall development Swing had towards dance and the elements of music, such as creating a compelling rhythmic feel to the melody, for instance, “The riffs starts you can see the audience is lighting up, and by the end of it their standing dancing and it’s the physical effect that it has on people. That’s why swing music is great,” (00:00:32-00:00:42). Furthermore, the documentary explains the accordance Swing has concerning poverty and race, since music during the 1920’s was segregated, “In post war America, they lived separate lives and listened to different music,” (00:03:53-00:03:57). In the early 1920’s, before Swing was created much of the music had been divided into two completely different styles, due to the fact of segregation being present in the U.S.; the White culture developed from European dances and music, such as, “Fox-Trots and Polkas,” (00:03:59-00:04:02). In addition, the Black culture focused more on their form, “From Africa and the jazz from New Orleans,” (00:04:02-00:04:05). However, a few years after WWI Paul Whiteman who was the king of White dance bands, created an organized band known as Smooth Big Band— which…

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