Staff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!
After the Grammy Awards aired a few weeks ago, you may find yourselfwondering — why do we have music genres anyway? The reasons vary, but today we hope to shed some light on the names we attach to music styles.
The names of some genres trace back to early radio stations wanting music execs to identify musicians by their type of music. This could make answering questions like the following easier: "Would Hank Williams be suitable for my country-western listeners?"
But a lot of genre names come from the artists themselves or from the style of music or even location. Continue reading for examples.