There have been several negative aspects as well pertaining to the popularization of music. One of them was that such music was often banned by the authorities who perceived it as a threat. People were not allowed to listen to such music as it was considered provocative and incendiary. It was increasingly apparent that music could not have gotten away scot free after provoking the powers. There have been several instances of musicians and singers who were severely penalized for their so called ‘merry making’. They were ruthlessly accused of virtually laughing at the system and the administrators. The fearlessness of music in the face of oppressive powers was to cost the world of popular music very dearly. Popular music has had to pay a heavy toll over the years in terms of untimely passing on of musicians and music makers as well the loss of some historical pieces of music to posterity due to ransacking and ravaging of the musicians premises in a bid to destroy him or her and their music (Manuel, 78). Many a time, musicians were killed or were subjected to such perils that they succumbed to their impoverished conditions. Many died in object poverty while others became victims of drugs, alcohol and finally died an ignominious death.
Restrictions on music and musicians have been experienced all over the world. This has been especially in the case of popular music. While the composers of popular music focused on subjects of the greatest sensitivity in term of human emotions and existence. While popular music was the pulse beat of the people, the attempts to restrict it virtually led to the dying away of the people’s feelings. The rich emotional quotient that formed the repertoire of popular music compositions was most often attacked very ruthlessly by the powers. The ongoing conflict had the rudimentary elements of rising into a battle at any time (Gammond, 67). There were a number of composers of popular music whose compositions had been treated ruthlessly. Many a time, the composers were disgraced and their music rejected officially. Yet many composers carried on bravely. The particular niche of popular music gave it a place of its own. This limelight attained by popular music could not be tolerated by the authorities. The authorities in this case comprised the government, the legislative and judiciary bodies of the region or even the opinion leaders who lived within the society and attempted to dictate the terms of conduct. It was usually against such authorities that the anger and subsequent creativity of the composers of popular music was directed (Middleton, 136). Many a time, the musicians have been hunted and totally destroyed by the vicious powers that be. But there have also been survivors like Michael Jackson who have come through several waves of criticism as well his brilliance as reflected in his work. There have, sadly enough, been a large number who were gradually broken down and totally destroyed by the sustained attacks of the oppressive media forces. It is interesting to note that no matter what the end of the composer or the musician, their work went on to live long after them.