Britpop

Britpop is a genre of rock music oriented on the revival of British guitar pop music of the 1960s, the style emerged in the 1990s. Britpop is typified by British melodies and sound due to the usage of British traditions from folk and rock`n`roll music of the 1960s-1970s.

Birth: 1989 Bloom: 1993 Death: 2006

Britpop has its roots in post punk and indie rock (The Stone Roses, Smiths, Charlatans). It`s believed that the term «britpop» first was mentioned by John Robb (a journalist and musicians from Goldbalde) when he tried to describe The Stone Roses` music. In 1997 the word got its definition in the Oxford dictionary of the English language.

The style reached its peak in 1994 when Oasis and Blur released cult records «Definitely Maybe» and «Parklife». That year is considered as the turning point in the history of rock music. When Nirvana`s frontman Kurt Cobain died all fans divided into two groups, those who prefered American conception and those who began listening to the British wave. It turned out that the second group was bigger. Nevertheless, America succeeded in developing punk rock and its subgenres like grunge, post grunge, new metal, Californian punk, etc. In the XXI century Britpop became popular in America. Nowadays it`s represented by The Killers and The Strokes. Gradually, the word «britpop» began to be used rarely. In the 2000s it was replaced by «indie».

Umbrellate style: Rock

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