This was a really interesting and confirming documentary on Boy Georges life from child to superstar. The main theme that I found relevant was the music scene through the 70's & 80's and the wide range of different genres that were created, embraced and expressed in those decades. Punk, Soul, Disco, Glam Rock, Ska, Reggae, New Romantics the list is endless. The music of these decades reflected society of then the anger, frustration, good times, bad times, hardships, and ultimately the individuality of the young. Although society experienced desperate and hard times such as the Thatcher era, 3 day week, miners strike, 3 million unemployed etc. there seemed to be a fight in society to 'not let the bastards grind you down' to rebel against the establishment. The constant edge that society seemed to be living on was reflected through the creation of rich vibrant and different sounding music. It gave the younger generation something to relate to something to belong to. With the different sounds came the different styles of dress and a physically different way of expression. What popular music today can be seen as individual with a new sound? What do the younger generation have to relate to in the 21st century that enables them to be themselves rather than the same simulated, perfected, visual images they are duped into thinking they should be. We are individuals and need to express ourselves in an individual way. The different music genres of the 70's and 80's gave the opportunity for teenagers to feel like they belonged and were part of something.
The manufactured 'music' of the 21st century gives the younger generation no inspiration or reason to express or feel like an individual or belong to a special gang. It has no depth, no emotion or expression.
I was lucky I lived through these vibrant eras and found 'my' music. I am a Soul girl through and through!
MA Creative Practice