A Town Divided - Why is Music Controversial?

What music was controversial when you went to high school? What do you think it is about music that often divides generations?

It was a real life story of Footloose on Saturday night, when the Middletown High School administration stopped a homecoming dance early after students protested a policy that prohibits sexually explicit dancing, often referred to as grinding.  

Students claimed the DJ would not allow requests, and only played alternative music; a genre that most students said they did not like or know how to dance to.  

After failed attempts to request their favorite music, such as Nicki Minaj, the majority of the student body sat on the floor and chanted in protest.  Some students even reported a near riot broke out.  The school administration denied that a riot took place.

The administration stopped the dance an hour and a half early and sent the students home.  

When it comes to music and dance, generational resistance, as well as passionate teenage rebellion, is nothing new.

In the 1980s, breakdancing was prohibited by many schools as it was often tied to gangs as well as considered physically dangerous.  In the 1950s, teenagers hid rock-and-roll records under their beds, since many adults believed the genre manipulated the innocent youth or that rock-and-rollers were deviants.  

Mozart and Beethoven were regarded as dangerous and sometimes even sexually perverse; the "major chord" system was offensive to many Christians.

Many mainstream dances in other cultures, would be considered sexually explicit and inappropriate at an American high school dance.  

Music and dance stir emotion, create controversy and often provoke rebellion.

Since the 1970s, punk and hard-rock shows have been known for riots and aggressive behavior, which often require the use law enforcement to tame.

This past weekend, the choice between songs, divided a town. Why is music controversial?

Think back, what was type of music controversial when you went to high school? What do you think it is about music that often divides generations?

raven ciccone October 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Again, I wasn't there but it really seems the problem was spoiled children that aren't used hearing the word no. Can we please hear from someone that was there? TE? Gary S? Quoted from above... mark henricks 12:28 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012 So, who runs the school? students or parents? kids these days think they can control everyone. parents are whipped and teachers dont want to deal with the rotten kids. Bravo, mark.
Barbara October 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Jay, I went to NKHS in the late 1970's. It was the heyday of disco (UGH), and we did the Hustle. "Love to Love you Baby" by Donna Summer was one of the big controversies at that time. I'm so embarrassed.
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OrangesPoranges December 03, 2012 at 05:52 PM
All of this constitutes reason #437 why I am relieved that I never had children.
David Lafleche December 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Who needs this garbage? Stay home and read a book!


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