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Is music a culture?

The movie “Saturday Night Fever” introduced the world to the Disco culture. A New York teen lived his week for the opportunity to become the king of the disco on Saturday night. The film was based on Nik Cohn’s New York Magazine article, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night", from 1977. The movie catapulted the genre into the mainstream and disco-only radio stations popped up across the country.

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ctor Hugh Jackman performs at the media call for 'The Boy From Oz', a musical based on the life of 1970's disco singer-songwriter Peter Allen, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on August 2, 2006 in Sydney, Australia.
ctor Hugh Jackman performs at the media call for 'The Boy From Oz', a musical based on the life of 1970's disco singer-songwriter Peter Allen, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on August 2, 2006 in Sydney, Australia.Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images

Disco is not the only music genre that developed a culture. Many music genres have developed cultures, many outliving the short success of the disco days. Opera, gospel and classical cultures have survived the on slot of many developing genres.

Some performers have also created a culture among fans. Elvis Presley and the Beatles have cult followings until this day despites decades without new works.

In some cases the culture may be more tied to an instrument rather than a specific genre. This is true of a culture of pipe organs and those that love the instrument's unique sound.

Predominant subcultures:

  • Pop.
  • Hip hop.
  • Motown, the music born in Detroit.
  • Chamber.
  • Classical.
  • Gospel.
  • Christian contemporary.
  • Opera.
  • Country.
  • Karaoke.

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