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Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Soul & Motown

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By Jenny Laurence

I was recently browsing in a music shop when I realised that my personal collection of Soul classics (particularly from Motown) was rather lacking, considering that I enjoy the music so much. So, as you might be able guess, I bought a 3-CD compilation. Having listened to it all day, I felt like I should share it with you all so it isn’t lost in the folds of time, or my ever-growing CD collection…

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Punk Rock

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Jenny Laurence continues her column which aims to educate us on the greatest hits in the last century. This week, she’s introducing us to the wild and revolutionary genre of Punk Rock.

Punk Rock is one of the most listened-to genres on my iTunes – I absolutely love it! It’s not too hard core, amusing at times, fast-paced, and a good foot-tapper. It brings out your rebellious side, and you don’t need a good voice to sing along… Plus, the band names that the groups came up with are absolutely cracking! You’ll know what I mean in a minute.

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Rock On, Ladies

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(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013)

I’m going to introduce you to the magical, hard-core front women and all-women bands of Punk and Rock from the past thirty-odd years. Front women are a bit of a novelty in the rock world, even though they aren’t uncommon – they each have an originality that adds a refreshing sound to the genre. You could argue that this is sometimes due to the feminist nature of some of their songs (especially those in the Rebel Grrl movement.) They represented a tough-as-nails approach to living and a mean skill in revving up crowds, which led to huge sex appeal, and a lot of fame. So, here is my short list of the most fantastically badass women to date.

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: Jazz

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By Jenny Laurence

Good day!

And if today isn’t a good day, then I hope to change that with this brief introduction into the sound that is Jazz – the second genre which I’m exploring in my journey through the best music of the 20th Century.

Jazz is a genre that’s hard to define. It has been present for just over 100 years, and developed from the fusion between European and African music over in America. It is arguably one of the most spontaneous genres of music, and truly reveals the type of musician behind the performance. It ranges from Ragtime, right at the beginning of Jazz’s history, through to New Orleans Jazz and the ‘Jazz Age’ in the ‘30s, Bebop in the ‘50s to Smooth Jazz in the ‘80s. However, Jazz can easily be mixed with anything. Jazz musicians and bands are possibly the most frequent users of saxophones, the double bass, trombones, and trumpets, and you will often find Jazz pieces being beautifully played on the bridges of London or in tuxed-up, swish, green-leather restaurants.

Jenny Laurence’s School of Sound: ‘70s Discothèque

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By Jenny Laurence

In this new weekly feature, I’ll be showcasing some of the best music of the past century. Our first lesson in the School of Sound: ‘70s Disco.

Disco was a genre discovered in the ‘70s as a reaction against the domination of rock music and the stigmatisation for dance music. Its initial audience comprised of African-Americans, Latinos, gay, and psychedelic people, and had influences from funk, Latin, and soul music, with an intense bass guitar presence. However, this great era did not last long. The American-based genre was drowned out by the rock and punk fans who staged a very physical anti-disco protest in the Chicago White Sox Arena in 1979.

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