SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Although everyone insists that goth only became a thing in the late seventies and early eighties after punk happened, here are some interesting anecdotes about things that we now consider to be ‘undoubtedly goth’ happening long before goth’s time:
-Vampira eventually began to dress in her characteristic style all the time, not just on television. This was in the age of The Munsters and The Addams Family, when people were suddenly introduced to the idea of more darkly inclined people living amongst normal, white suburbia. She was certainly not the only one picking up on this influence and running with it for the sake of self expression; one thing I find interesting is that many of the Eldergoths fluttering around here on tumblr and other places remember being inspired as children by people in the neighbourhood who also wore black all the time, drove hearses, had unusual pets such as snakes or spiders, and would certainly be welcome at any goth gathering happening nowadays.
-My mother went to school in the late sixties and early seventies, and although this is not as early as the previous example, she tells me that it was popular among the early metalheads-the Black Sabbath fans-to wear all black clothing, black hair, black on their lips, and black everything to the point of everybody thinking they were suicidal satan worshippers. Sound familiar? Metal music is often passed off as an inferior pass time and ‘not really goth’, but it’s influence on the aesthetics and musical content of goth cannot be ignored. It isn’t hard to imagine metal music, and ‘shock rockers’ such as Alice Cooper to be havens for the people who would later become goths.
-Many of the people we recognize as being quintessential goths, regardless of whether or not they identify as such, dressed eccentrically and listened to ‘dark music’ long before goth entered the picture(I’m thinking of Siouxsie Sioux and Tim Burton as I type this). It’s also important to remember that most people who identify as being goth adopted the label after realizing that it matched some of the things that they were already interested in . Finally, it’s important to remember that people’s natures don’t change over the centuries, if there are people forming subcultures now over darker music and clothing, than similar people most definitely existed in earlier time periods as well. They were just quieter about it, perhaps out of necessity. The label goth is still very new, but the people and interests are not.
Why is this suddenly being reblogged again?
It’s being reblogged because it’s well thought-out and articulate? ::nods::
I personally didn’t adopt the goth label until my very early 20s, because I didn’t know there was a subculture and a name for people with my interests until then.
The interest started very young in me. I didn’t even know what Goth was until a friend nicknamed me GG (Geeky Goth) during my freshman year. It was then I looked into it and found out that I’ve been a part of the subculture without knowing it for most of my life.
Why thank you, sir.
As per tradition, I’m doing another collection of the year’s collection of written shorts and rewrites. (Now being in college I have a lot more than I expected to have) I am finding that I have created another dollar ebook and a I-have-yet-to-find-out print. At the moment I have no idea what in the world the cover or the name will be since the stories in there are non-fiction, horror, suspense, humor, and some that can’t be labeled by genre. (One story is based off of a speech I had to do a few years back on how not to train a dog, the humor filled story of my lil black monster.)
In addition to the 2013 collection, I’m attempting another small ebook that is a collection of Supernatural shorts that have become romance short demos of novella’s I’m working on.
And to avoid being chased around by the sometimes editor with a pitchfork in her hand, I’m sticking to the unsaid “vampire automatically equals sex or sexy violence” rule lest the fan monster I created goes after me…
Just kidding Az, I wouldn’t dare tempt your wrath.
Someday, I swear, I will write a short and it will NOT become a full length novel or novella idea. Honest, someday I’ll make a bite out of the “never ending binder of ideas” and not start a new pitch when I get bored. I will get this flash fiction thing down no matter what.
:D I’m so excited to get my baby (“The Chase”) out. I’d squeal in excitement of giving away the product of my self education but I’m at the library…
I love you guys *hugs all of my followers*
The sound of Beetlejuice (move or cartoon) theme song.
Beetlejuice on in the background
Tis a good day.