Glam rock  music  influence has mitigated to so many musical styles it is hard to see where the line really is drawn.  From Marc Bolan ‘s  blues, David Bowie ‘s Bob Dylan obsessions  to 80s New Romantic, Japan, David Sylvian, Human league electro 90s Gothic and now 2011 pop Lady Gaga. The list goes on,  follow the history of punk rock and it is a bell curve from glam rock’s New York dolls to The Sex Pistols. Even The Clash admitted Mott the Hoople was the blueprint for their whole bands schick . The 1970s were of course the heyday of men in furs, snakeskin platforms and full eyeliner on the high streets of London, Birmingham and…. Cleveland Ohio?  Yea even middle America embraced glam rock as album covers by Hall & Oats, Todd Rundgren, Earth Wind & Fire and Edgar Winter can attest. OK, it was a school of hard knocks for many a glam rock kid. Never the less, there was a time when a $300 T shirt with a designer name attached was the height of un-cool.

Cover of Little Richardheir band.

Stepping out of the past strangely comes the new tribe of glam, neo glam, punk pop and power glam rock and just pain old bad taste (never far out of fashion) Semi precious weapons Ramones come on,  to the IAMX gothfunk cabaret, the doors open wider. Glam rock music of coarse has been the tag on something that actually existed in entertainment and culture before a title was ever born. Sun Ra, Little Richard etc etc were wearing makeup/ludicrous fantastic outfits well before the media arrived. It only stands to measure that every ten years or so glam rock or some prototype emerges to entertain shock amuse or dismay all over again.

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Rock Bands & Rock Music

Author: webnox

Rock music began to develop and show up as a new type of music in the 1940s and 1950s, and it quickly developed and spread throughout the United States and the world. Rock bands used a mix of many other types of musical styles and genres that had come before it to develop a brand new and exciting sound. Rock punk gothic, heavy metal and many other types of rock bands today can all trace their roots back in history to the original rock bands and the start of rock’n’roll.

Popular cultural figures have inspired fashion trends for generations, and rock bands are no exception. In fact, rock bands are often the main influence in many popular styles since it first developed in the music scene. Vintage clothes, dressing glam and wearing other related merchandise not only represents your musical style but also makes a personal statement. Rock bands have also greatly contributed to the popularity of the t-shirt.

The t-shirt developed from longer underclothes worn during the turn of the last century. By World War II, the t-shirt as we know it today had been developed and began to grow in use and popularity, although most often was still used only as an under garment. In the 1930s, companies such as Sears, Hanes and Fruit of Loom began to mass market the t-shirt. In the 1950s, James Dean forever popularized the look of the t-shirt as outerwear. This decade also ushered in the first uses of promotional messages seen on t-shirts. The sixties brought in the era of the tie-dye t-shirt shirt and other t-shirts with political and social messages.

The music industry began to realize the fashion and marketing potential in the music band t-shirt throughout the 1970s and 1980s. By this time, there were also better fabric blends as well as better picture and lettering methods that created higher quality. The era of music band t-shirts also came at a time when clothing could now be mass-produced on a much larger scale. The black band t-shirt is now thought as much a part of rock bands as any other accessory. This includes rock, punk, gothic and heavy metal as well as the many other branches of rock music.

Music band t-shirts not only advertise the rock bands of your choice, but are another way of representing your personality with the vast array of choices in styles and colors available today. Glam and vintage clothing can also add to your own unique statement as can additional merchandise to represent your musical tastes, ideals or an era gone by. Rock bands have enjoyed an exciting cultural influence throughout history and continue to inspire a changing creative fashion edge.

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