The controversial, mysterious, loud Big BeatPresumably the Leningrad newspaper "Change"
Publication mid 70s
«My son Vladimir is interested in music, which he calls" bits. " The walls of his room plastered with pictures of long-haired guitar players and a desk breaking of plates and films, in general, I have nothing prrotiv if this music sounds in our home (if not at full volume!) And if Vovkiny friends gather to listen to her and himself to play the guitar. I am concerned about something else: in addition to a dozen names, I flashed guys talking about bits of music, twelve-and thirteen boys and girls did not really know anything about it. It turns out - the blind worship of plates, photographs, magnitozapisyam .. Please tell us in the newspaper. what a big beat? This is interesting not only to me and to his son ...
Tula. - AN Petrenko
In this letter meets Alexander Gradsky. He was just Sasha, a sixteen-year pupil of the music school, when I started to play "Slavs" (the title of one of the first in our country-bit groups). In 1967, Alexander Gradsky created a new team - "Skomorokhs", which became the winner of the first prize at the competition of political song "Youth denounces imperialism". Gradskij - wrote the music for the film "Romance of Lovers».
Today Gradskij - composer, poet, artist - says our reader of the youth music
The controversial, mysterious, loud Big Beat! It's hard to fit into the framework of the dry formulation. It is diverse, as the life around us. He absorbed the West African rhythms and melody of folk songs, ballads and restraint British quirkiness Indian melodies, refinement of classical music in Europe and the roughness of jazz. Big-called bit more pop or rock music, but in fact it is - a wave of mass music-making, initiated by the ensemble of "The Beatles". This wave has come to us from the West. It is non-uniform. On the one hand - the real lyrics and acute social problems form the basis of the songs (bits present at its West called "underground"). On the other - a deliberate primitivism, born of the desire of Western groups to financial success (bit commercial, vulgar). The expression "big beat" can be translated as "a big blow", "great rate".
... In parks, on city streets, sometimes in the hallways, at least - in the houses of culture and clubs, I meet the boys with guitars in their hands. Boys like to sing in a new way. But what is a bit, they do not know. And more often than not able to distinguish the genuine from the schlock.
Somehow fate brought me to the director of the peripheral schools. He said that he was forced to buy a guitar, speakers, drums, microphones and allow the creation of an ensemble of children. But ...
- On the evenings of beatniks have to subdue, - said the director. - Limit the power amplifiers. In order not to yell too ...
A certain part of the boys said: bit - certainly something loud, screeching, growling ... And besides there is nothing at the bit and can not be. Yes, a bit peculiar means of expression. But it is expressive. And in this subject bit content. Sometimes it is very serious.
... About eight years ago a friend brought me a plate. Needle rustled fifty seconds. But suddenly cut the silence cry, when the limit of the throat. Behind him - automatic fire. And the harsh melody, where the bass guitar, organ and drums were arguing with the hoarse voice of the singer. It was impossible to listen indifferently.
I listened to the record once, twice, three times. Then he took a dictionary - to translate the text. The song is about a guy. He refused to shoot at unarmed peasants foreign country. And there was a shot. During this.
Four years ago, shortly before "The Beatles" were scattered, their song "Power to the People" was written:
Power to the People, Power to the People
IMMEDIATELY! DO YOU WANT TO REVOLUTION -
to find its feet, begins to sing -
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
millions of working for pennies,
RETURN TO THEM THAN THEY SHOULD
OWN ON THE RIGHT. I>
The song "Give Peace a Chance", too, by the way, created by "The Beatles", has become a sort of anthem of the mass movement for peace and freedom in Vietnam.
Bit. Present. As in the song from the old disk ... I think it should be every time with a revelation: unexpected turns of melody, lively pulse rate (from palpitations to fading), the singer's voice, expressing his and your sense ... This bit is always bears a surprise. He does not tolerate imitation. And it is very important to be able to distinguish it from the commercial, hack-work.
Here are the signs schlock primitive melody, primitive rhythms, primitive, template, text contemptible. This - "bit leg." His task - to awaken the listener simplest instincts. In it scream for scream. But we have to admit that most of the thirteen with guitars imitate this bit.
Why? Because we, the adults, have failed to instill in guys quite a powerful attraction to the general and musical culture. But the guys did not have guessed that even the best guitars and sweet this bit is not without genuine culture. It is incompatible with the primitivism as incompatible, for example, speculation plates John Lennon ( "The Beatles" leader) with respect to this singer ...
Groups - professional and amateur - are springing up like mushrooms after the rain. Growing of the boys who were standing in the yard yesterday with guitars. And most of the groups are similar to each other. In the manner of execution, in the repertoire, even tone of voice. I had to meet bands where there is no person who is familiar (albeit elementary!) With the music diploma. People think that bit is easy to master. And write a song is worth nothing ... The team "Pesnyary" - one of the few original compositions in our country. But his originality was not born in a vacuum, location. It is - from good training, the constant work on oneself from the desire to find his face ...
Czech musicologists with Bulgarian came to the conclusion that "the fascination of young people" their "music does not disturb the interest in the classical heritage." According to the group of Hungarian experts, "youth music" is, as it were on the boundary between two areas of musical tastes: "love her, and the young ones who are interested in Beethoven, and those who reject it,".
The origins of music - in life that surrounds us. And life is concentrated in the arts. And you read fiction voraciously, stood for hours in front of the paintings of the Tretyakov Gallery and the Hermitage, pull to the philosophy and languages ...
Learning the art, culture, you become richer, you notice things in life, which have not seen before.
To "do" contemporary music, the guys have to go through it. Only then guitar in their hands becomes a musical instrument, and not of wood, on which someone is inadvertently pulled the strings and connected to an amplifier.