While philosophers in nineteenth-century Germany had beforehand argued that art and music may have inherently ‘degenerate’ traits , the Nazis pushed this further, deciphering ‘degeneracy’ as a racial characteristic to suit with their antisemitic ideology. The Nazis claimed that ‘Jewish’ influence was liable for the creation of morally questionable trendy art and music and sought to ban such works. Artistic movements corresponding to Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Post-Impressionism had been all banned, as have been musical genres corresponding to atonality, jazz and swing. All works by Jewish people have been classed as Entartete and officially banned from the Third Reich.
- Based on the work of bands similar to Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith in the Seventies; Def Leppard, Kiss, Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, and Metallica prolonged the genre within the 1980s and made it much more popular.
- The recognition of music as a leisure and energetic