Pop music has always been a genre for the young and the “different”. It is a way to create their own individuality as well as to express themselves culturally and sometimes politically as well. Counter-cultures are, by definition, in opposition to what the “establishment” considers as normal, and both it see any connection with each other as a “lost cause”, and eventually the two cultures find some common ground and call a truce and the new “culture” finds its “niche” and some cultural common ground. But often the ground can be rocky!
Breaking traditions and morals is a trademark of music as it is in all arts. Frank Sentra and his “Rat Pack” were like the “Beatles” in the 60’s: new, different and to many a threat to the “establishment”. Deliberately going to “extremes” and challenging the norm” is a trait and a necessity for all art.
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were “mavericks”. Now we have female and even gay groups performing: groups that don’t fit the all-white, all male and all “strait” models of the 50’s and early 60’s. Artists like Jana Hunters rock band “Lower Dens” describe themselves as being “gender non-binary artistic”; another way of saying “We Go Both Way!”
Music has always influenced youth, whether we approve or not. It leads young soldiers to battle; and to fight racism as support civil rights. Many animals make “music”, but only humans use it for good or evil. However it is used, music is a powerful tool that mirrors our own values- both good and bad. Music evolves as we evolve.
It is a tool. And like all tools, they can be used for good purposes or bad.