Underground and mainstream music
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... s Underground and Mainstream Music - Comparative Analysis Mainstream Overview The term mainstream is usually applied to the arts, such as music, literature, film, etc. and can also be associated with media publications (Cable, 1977: p.44). Mainstream material or media is something familiar to and accepted by the masses; it is by definition, not unusual. Mainstream movies or newspapers tend to avoid groundbreaking or controversial topics, staying within the confines of acceptable and safe American guidelines. Often with music, we identify pop as mainstream, whereas in film, the term is equated with Hollywood features (Brake, 1985: p.22).
With news, we understand the mainstream publications to be th...