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Why do music genres exist?

For instance, every band/artist is unique to what they call themselves (performer/stage name.) It would seem easier to describe a taste in music by specific bands you enjoy versus a particular genre. ...
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What is the difference between R&B and Hip Hop, and what are some (most famous) examples of these and areas of overlap?

I'm a bit shy to post here... I listen to a lot of music, many times I might know the name of the singer, our band, but most of the time I don't even know what style I am listening to. It may even ...
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Identify melody used in a production of Waiting for Godot for “the dog song”

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. Singing more slowly, with a lilt, feels helpful. ...
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Where does this famous rhythm pattern come from (oftenly used to knock on a door)?

This rhythm pattern seems very famous and is oftenly used to knock on someone's door, sometimes as a code: Does it have an history? Where does it come from?
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Are there other “psychedelic” genres than rock?

Commonly I've seen psychedelic rock starts with The Doors and others, but is there any other "psychedelic-something" (i.e. "psychedelic jazz") genre? What are the examples (of the psychedelic-...
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Greatest logevity in Rock bands, keeping all initial members

I'm looking for famous Rock bands that had the greatest longevity with keeping all initial members. Here are some restrictions: Initial members would be the ones who recorded the first album. Famous ...
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How has popular music singing evolved over the past 70 years to where it is now?

While I have a background in music (as fine arts), I am less familiar with pop and its associated analysis, which tends to be culturally-based. There is a diction in singing that seems to have shifted ...
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Why is Axl Rose the only original member left in Guns N' Roses?

It's pretty common to see a band break up or have a member or two leave, but in Guns N' Roses the only original member left is Axl Rose and most of the other band members still play together in bands ...
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Is the old myth of reggae's creation true?

I've heard many times that reggae music what created by slowing down the ska beat by a too hot summer for the sake of dancers. I'm aware of the deep link between carribean musics and dance, so can it ...
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Spinal Tap: Units confusion in building Stonehenge stage prop

In the Spinal Tap movie, the band confuses inches with feet, and as result they end up with a ridiculously small (18") model of Stonehenge instead of a large one (18'). I have the feeling that this ...
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“Alan Smithee” equivalent for musicians

Film directors use the pseudonym Alan Smithee with projects they don't want to be associated with and recognized. Is there an equivalent pseudonym for professional musicians who don't want to ...
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When did musicians started to call each other “MF” in a friendly meaning?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the word motherfucker is a very offensive way to insult someone. an extremely insulting name for someone you hate or for someone who has made you angry. But ...
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Can you identify this (folk) melody? [duplicate]

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. It reminds me of Schubert's Der Müller und der Bach,...