Posted By Brendan Lyons on March 20, 2014
You have always known us as the top sheet music retailer in the nation, and we know you will find our apparel section to be everything you’ve come to expect from J.W. Pepper. We have a wide range of styles for you to choose from, so it’s easy to find a shirt that’s right for you. From Muddy Waters to One Direction, we have whatever you are looking for. Shirts make great gifts for your music-loving friends, so here’s a look at the musical genres that begat some of our favorite products.
Rock and Roll
The significance of rock and roll is difficult to overstate. In a time when globalization was just beginning to bud, rock and roll was one of the first art forms to have a truly global reach. In the 50s and 60s, young people on both sides of the Atlantic and even into Soviet Russia and Japan took part in the music revolution that brought us from sock hops to love-ins and beyond, sparking the beginning of a shared global identity that is still growing today. Among the most ubiquitous bands of the first two decades of rock and roll were the Beatles. We have a lot of great Beatles shirts to choose from as well as apparel from a ton of other rock and roll giants like Rush, Journey, the Eagles, and Foo Fighters.
The first truly American art form, jazz was also notable for the fact that it was created and driven by the United States’ minority African-American population. Rooted in the old Negro spirituals sung in the days when slavery was still a blight on our nation, early jazz and blues told the stories of disenfranchised blacks still fighting for the promise of freedom while also presenting the lively, fun atmosphere of a vibrant community that could not be kept down by injustice. One of the most influential jazz musicians of all time was saxophonist John Coltrane. He helped spread jazz to the masses in the post-war world. Around the same time, Muddy Waters was also a standard-bearer of jazz’s growing popularity. Without them and other jazz pioneers like them, American culture would never have become what it is.
Among the most iconic locations in the world, few can match the volume of hopes and dreams risked in the theaters of Broadway. For such a short stretch of road, it carries with it more history than some entire cities could dream of. Many of the greatest stories ever told came to the public in the theaters on Broadway, and the center of the theater world shows no sign of slowing down. We have shirts from some of the most popular Broadway musicals, including Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, both record-breaking shows.
The popularity of Christian music is making a resurgence with a number of Christian bands making their way into the mainstream. That’s not terribly surprising considering over 75% of Americans identify as Christians. Pepper is introducing a wide range of shirts that explore the many positive messages put forth by Christianity. Best known, of course, is the text of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” Another favorite comes from 1 Corinthians: “For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.” A shirt is a great way to strike up a conversation about faith and share what is in your heart with others.
Pop is everywhere, but that’s kind of the point. At one time or another, most of our favorite genres were pop in a manner of speaking. Yes, even classical had a sort of pop status in the 1700-1800s. Mozart was the Jim Morrison of his time, if Jim Morrison’s hair was white, puffy, and also a wig. These days, our pop stars tend to still be individuals who rise above the competition and, sometimes, their own band members. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 is a great example of this. Equally as big is his co-host on The Voice, Usher. Of course, we have shirts from all your favorite pop stars, so if you’re looking for a concert t-shirt or just something to wear to class, we have you covered!
The greatest music never really goes away. In a hundred years, our children’s children will still hear Beethoven and Mozart in movies and on TV, whether they realize it or not. With the many different genres in music filling the airwaves these days, it sometimes seems like the world has no time for classical. That’s not the case, though. In fact, appreciation of classical music is as strong as it has been in years, with countless school orchestras, bands, and choirs keeping the old favorites alive while mixing it in with the great music of the present. To prove it, we have a number of shirts celebrating classical music and classical composers in styles you will love. Keep the past alive!
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