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Writing Assignment Directions
The following questions should guide your submission. The topic that sits above all of these questions is the importance of the generational shift that was first seen in the early punk bands and later in the hardcore and grunge bands. Use parallels in classical music and jazz to support your responses. After you have completed your research, submit your response to the following questions:
When, if ever, was classical music a popular music? Is classical music still being composed today? What period or style is most nostalgic for the classical music fan? When and what style of jazz was the most popular? What jazz style is currently the most popular among jazz aficionados? Do they match? What period or style is most nostalgic for the jazz fan? What style of rock was the most popular in its history? Is it still the most popular style today? What period or style is most nostalgic for rock fans? What style do you think will be studied most by future generations of students looking back at rock’s development? Is rock a music only for youth? Will the boomers’ interest in classic rock give way to each succeeding generation of youth? Can older rockers ever create new vital rock styles? Use your research to support your position. Be sure to cite your sources. Your essay should be minimum of 300 words and written in a formal style with indented paragraphs, spaces between paragraphs, and a list of sources used in a formal bibliographic style such as The Chicago Manual of Style to avoid losing points.