Like many 21year old girls I am partial to a constant supply of updates from people I have never seen with my own eyes. I have been drip fed these people’s lives I feel that I have got to a point that I need to know if “Rihanna needs Mary J Blidge’s help”. For this to be now classified as pop culture I find interesting. Many of these celebs are I fact singers/artists yet the majority of publisity that is produced is about their lives not in fact the music. In the case of the Rihanna article I find it interesting that Mary can help because she has experience with the trails and tribulations of an artists life-and in all respect for Mary she is getting on a bit, which suggests this infatuation which artists lives has been circulating for a lengthy period.
When looking at songs in relation to popular culture, immediately I think of songs that have appealed to me, and if they appealed to me, especially a song that had its height of “popularity” decades ago, it must to some people be recognized as a form of “pop culture”. For me it was Led Zepplin’s version of ‘Babe i’m gonna leave you’.
It all began around 5 years ago, awkwardly protesting that my break up from my first boyfriend really did matter (*gag*), in my pathetic pubity ridden state i googled something along the lines of top 100 break up songs, which led me to this. However, even after i thankfully got over my “heartbreak” i still loved this song. Which leads me to my point, songs like this which have a huge relatability factor, which seems to filter through generations, and maintain this ‘popularity’.
The power and emotion in this version of the song, seems to have propelled this song into the chart success. Although it is not the original version of the song, Led Zepplin picked this song for their first album. Showing that even without the composition of this version the original lyrics appealed to a band like led zepplin so much so, they ‘adopted’ it.
Even with this songs success, it can be argued it was not nearly one of led zepplin’s most chart successful song, but as long as there is someone who hears a song like this, there is a chance it will strike a chord with another pathetic 15 year girl or boy who will forever liken this song and continue to play it until their friends take their speakers away. (Well taste is personal.) But non the less this song evokes popularity even if it is not just documented in sales, but in affection.
From the last session, we came onto discussing the word “simple” in relation to popular culture. When i look at simplicity in popular culture. I try and look at the immediate idea, the starting point, before it gets thrust forward into “popular culture’s” viewing platform. What i find interesting in popular culture that takes a very simple format is landscape paintings. A very obvious concept, yet still and always has a great endearment for. The image posted is that of David Hockney’s. This is still a very popular painting, However when it boils down to it, its still a very simple concept.
This video backs up the idea that popular culture in society is just examples from cherry picked from modern culture that (in his opinion lead to a immoral and one sided society), but my point is that art, fashion, tv, etc are just gathered into what is deemed most ‘popular’ and distributed as so. Feeding this continuous need for ‘popular culture’ as we know have become accustomed to.