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Music During the 1920s-1930s

On music before, during, and after the great depression.

Music has changed throughout history and it did just that from the 1920s through the 1930s. The radio was very important to the way people lived in the 1920s and 30s as it completely revolutionized their culture. Jazz is a type of music that began in the early 1900s and it became popular as the century went on. Jazz musicians influenced the type of music that was listened to as they became popular with the music they played. The invention of the radio, jazz music and Jazz musicians had a great impact on the culture of the 1920s through the 1930s.

Radio Broadcasting was one of many factors the affected music in the 1920s and 30s (Young XIII). The radio was first introduced in the early 1900s and quickly it changed the lives of Americans. There was a lot excitement when the radio was introduced, “The invention of the radio brought a tremendous sense of excitement to American homes” (Pietrusza 47). This was huge because now people could get information about the world instantly right in their homes. People could also listen to music inside their homes instead of going to a concert every time, which was also much cheaper. This was extremely true during the Great Depression because many people were living on the streets and didn’t have much to spare so they listened to the radio for entertainment. Because of the economic hardships, lots of people tended to ignore or not even listen to works that commented on the time (Young 145). Even though music became unpopular during the Great Depression because of the economic crisis, the radio helped keep it alive by making it cheap and available to everyone.

Jazz was one of the most important types of music that came from the 1920s. It was developed first in the South by black musicians (Pietrusza 58). Jazz music was very addictive to people because of its unusual beat and rhythm. The 1920s were even called the Jazz Age because of the popularity of Jazz, “The Roaring Twenties were often called the Jazz Age, because jazz, with its stray beat and rhythmic syncopation, was the most popular music of the time” (Feinstein 23). Jazz’s beat and rhythm were very unusual because they were different from the other types of music during the time period, such as rock and country. Jazz music was very popular after the Harlem Renaissance which began in the early 1920s. The Harlem Renaissance was an artistic movement in New York City that was the center of African American Culture during the 1920s (Pietrusza 58).

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