Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-07-04 10:25 am (UTC)
I think I was unusually sheltered, because I was not just a cis girl but I was in private schools from 5 and an all-girls' school from 8. And my parents, in spite of coming of age in the 60s, were basically oblivious to the existence of youth culture. I think my social circle were somewhat shocked even by
Bill and Ted
Rock music was loud noises, drugs and swearing. And since I didn't have a radio, nor ever set foot in a music shop, I didn't have any chance to listen to anything beyond what my equally sheltered, good-girl classmates smuggled in to school on their Walkmans. Which was pretty much the subset of chart pop considered roughly appropriate for girls. So for me personally it was well into the 90s before I actually listened to rock music for myself to discover that it was in fact just a different genre of music and not inherently dangerous.
Rap... I remember when we were in secondary school we used to troll teachers by submitting raps for our poetry assignments. But that was mid-90s already. I don't recall when rap arrived in my cultural background. When I was little, I don't think it was the subject of moral panics like rock was, it just wasn't on anyone's radar at all? It could be that the pop-rap stuff of the early 90s made the transition from mostly white pop to more rap influenced music not stand out very much, especially when I was barely paying attention to popular music at all. MC Hammer was popular among my peers but I couldn't date that exactly.
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