I’m at my last year of University and I’m working on the last chapter of my degree thesis based on “videoclip”. These are some of the themes discussed:
- What is a videoclip
- The relationship between “Images” and “Music”
- The functions of the images and the music in the “videoclips”
- The origins of videoclip
- The history of MTV etc.
Now in the last chapter I’m trying to stress MTV’s defects but mainly the existence of two musical worlds. This is what I mean:
There is a musical world created by MTV and populated by dancers, hip-hop artists dressed all in the same way, singers that have nothing to offer to the crowd except their body, etc. this is a place where everybody seems to be cool, the vjs, the artists showed on video, the spots etc.……it’s a sort of Hollywood for musicians (?).
There is instead another musical world, the real one, where only one thing is important:
the MUSIC. I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about. It’s a place where many, many different musicians live together: Ron Thal, Allan Holdsworth, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Shawn Lane, Death, Scott Henderson, Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, Andy Timmons, Marty Friedman, Jeff Beck, Slayer, Jason Becker, Frank Gambale, Dream Theater, Sonic Youth, Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Led Zeppellin, Savatage, Tool, Steve Morse, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Patrick Rondat, Nirvana, Steve Vai, Carcass, Kyuss, Opeth, Fantomas, Tony Macalpine, Helmet, Michael Manrig, Mads Ericksen, Greg Howe, Primus, Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden, Impelitteri, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa, etc……………..Ok it’s enough!! You’ve understood!!
So, I’d like to talk of this world in my thesis and especially of those artists who are not supported by media (TV, Radio). The first name that comes to my mind is Shawn Lane, who was technically more than a guitarist, he was an alien!! Another one is surely Allan Holdsworth, a real genius. And what about Greg Howe? Or Ron Thal? A totally crazy musician that reminds me Les Claypool of Primus or even Frank Zappa. There are so many!!!! Now, it is a while since I’m writing on this forum and I think there are many interesting people here that love music and that could surely give me advices for this thesis I’m working to.
I’M GONNA WRITE A SORT OF HISTORY OF ROCK (AND WHEN I SAY ROCK I MEAN MANY STYLES LIKE HARD ROCK, PROG-ROCK, METAL, DEATH, FUSION, JAZZ ROCK, INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR MUSIC…..) AND I WILL TALK ABOUT ALL THE GREAT MUSICIANS THAT DESERVE TO BE QUOTED FOR THE CONTRIBUTION THEY GAVE TO MUSIC, SO IF SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO GIVE ME A LIST OF ARTISTS THAT SHOULD BE MENTIONED I WILL APPRECIATE IT. TELL ME WHO ARE THE MUSICIANS THAT FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW I MUST CITE IN THIS HISTORY AND IF POSSIBLE SUGGEST ME LINKS* WHICH CONTAINS DETAILED BIOGRAPHIES OF THESE ARTISTS (mainly for those who are not famous like for example Ron Thal, Jesus Lizard, Scott Henderson, Primus, Greg Howe).
*If someone can suggest me Italians links so that I don’t have to translate it would be fantastic!!
P.S. every kind of infos/suggestions is welcome.