Gothic culture

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The Gothic subculture shares aesthetic, musical and cultural tastes in common. Although Gothic music encompasses several subgenres and styles, they all share a tendency towards a “dark” or “dark” appearance and sound. Dress styles within the subculture take influences from death rock, punk, androgynous style, and even the Renaissance dress style; However, the Gothic have an aesthetic of their own, which focuses on the color black: black suits, makeup to highlight paleness on the face and even black or red lipstick applied to the lips.

Gothic culture

Where was he born

Existing in several countries. It began in the United Kingdom between the late 1970s and mid-1980s, in the Gothic Rock scene, a derivation of Post-Punk.

Origin and Development

In the late '70s, there were a few Post-Punk bands in the UK listed as Gothic. However, it would not be until the early 1980s when Gothic Rock would become a subgenre of its own, within the Post-punk, and that its followers would begin to recognize themselves as Gothic and form a recognizable movement. The inauguration of the “Batcave” nightclub in London, Soho in July 1982 provided a meeting place for the members of the incipient movement. The term "batcaver" would become over time in Britain a term to define the first Gothic.

The gothic after the post-punk

After the disappearance of the Post punk, the Gothic continued to evolve both musically and aesthetically. This caused the emergence of several styles, variants within the Gothic genre. The different regional scenes contributed to this diversification. By the '90s, Victorian aesthetics had a renewed popularity in the Gothic scene, using the neo-Gothic of the mid-19th century and the most morbid aspects of Victorian culture.

Gothic music

The bands that started the movement of Gothic Rock and deathrock were few in number: Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, Southern Death Cult, Sex Gang Children, 45 Grave, UK Decay, The Virgin Prunes, Alien Sex Fiend and Christian Death. Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, Dead Can Dance, Adam and the Ants and Killing Joke, have also been related to this genre start.

Gothic religious elements

While there is no common religious connection that links with Gothic subculture, religious elements, accessories and symbols have played an important role in aesthetics, songs and visual art. In particular aesthetic elements of Catholicism play the main role in Gothic culture The reasons for this way of dressing vary among individuals, and includes expression of religious affiliation, satire, or simply decorative effect.

Gothic ideology

Defining an ideology for the Gothic subculture is difficult for several reasons. The first is that while there are patterns, common aspects in almost every Gothic, each member defines their own conception of the subculture, that is, each defines what it means to be Gothic. On the other hand, the other problem is that Gothic ideology is often of an "apolitical" nature. While the challenge to social norms was a very risky “business” in the 19th century, today it is much less radical. Thus, the current importance of the rebellion of the Gothic subculture is limited, mainly because Gothic culture has been assimilated by mass commerce and stripped of its identity as a culture, becoming an object of sales of Western capitalism. Unlike the hippie or punk movement, the Gothic subculture does not have a pronounced political message and does not explicitly call social activism.