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Gothic Music and its origin


In general, Goths are an exaggeration of the darker side of the human psyche. They represent outwardly the thoughts that linger in the back of everyone’s mind. Goths tend to make their feelings about death a little more open than the rest of the world.

Death is definitely a common theme for Gothic culture while suicide isn’t, but it starts to make some sense when one realizes that death in goth music is usually used as an allegory or metaphor, or an element drawn from gothic literature which consists of ghosts, vampire and other not-so-dead things, or just a thing for the sake of imagery. Goth lyrics are much more grim, morbid or romantic, than about wanting to actually die.

About Goth Culture:

Goth is a kind of subculture that began in the early United Kingdom around the 1980s. It was actually developed by fans of gothic rock, a similar genre to post-punk music. The name goth was actually derived directly from the genre itself. Notable post-punk artists who presaged the gothic rock genre and helped it develop and also played an important role in shaping the subculture include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, the Cure, and Joy Division.

Many Goths say that Gothic represents acceptance of the inevitability of death and the existence of the darker side of life. Popular music is typically rooted within the transitional cultures of youth, due to which death tends to be viewed at a distance. Goth Culture provides more or less the same sense of belonging and ideas, while death being a part of its influence, as ultimate significance to us as mortals, as beings who will have to experience it at some point in our lives.

Text by: Ankita Dutta, IBTN9

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