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"Rock. Punk. Dada. Beat. These words and their longer cousins, the ism- family (surrealism, postmodernism, abstract expressionism, minimalism), are used to commodify and commercialize an artist's complex personal vision. This terminology is not about understanding. It never has been. It's about money. Once a group of artists, writers, or musicians has been packaged together under such a banner, it is not only easier for work to be marketed, it also becomes easier for the audience to buy it and for the critic to respond with prepackaged opinions." --Arcana (2000), introduction by John Zorn


"Take 4 parts blues add 2 parts country and give it to a poor white boy and you have rock."--Duane Allman

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A music genre is a conventional category (or genre) that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably.

Music can be divided into different genres in many ways, via style, musical elements or other characteristics, be it musical or extramusical.

Further divisions between popular music and art music, or religious music and secular music can be made.

These classifications are often subjective and controversial, and some genres may overlap.

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