At the beginning of the development of pop music, the musicians gave up on classical instruments. But the Beatles proved as early as the mid-1960s that this was the wrong approach to music. Their hit Yesterday established the violin in pop music. Since then, countless musicians and bands have turned to classical instruments when it comes to giving their songs more expression. The hit Yesterday has become the most covered song in music history. There should be more than 2,000 covers in different styles of this song. Since then, the violin has conquered the most diverse styles of rock music. From Irish folk to rock, soul, and hard rock, it has secured its place in popular music. Even violinists have now risen to become stars.
A Virtuoso Becomes A Soul Star
The best example is the American musician Joan Wasser. A 50-year-old woman from New York has had a fascinating career. She played the violin and at the beginning of her career concentrated on supporting other bands. The virtuoso did not see herself in the role of frontwoman. Everything was changed by one of her boyfriends the legendary singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley. He encouraged Joan Wasser to write songs and also try herself in a role of the singer. But there was still a long way to go. After the musician’s untimely death, Wasser joined bands as respected as any of Rufus Wainwright and Anthony and the Johnsons. At the age of thirty, Joan Wasser dared to leap to the front line of a stage. She started writing and singing her songs. Her debut album EP was a success, and since then Wasser has made numerous successful records under the stage nickname Joan as Police Woman. She not only demonstrates her talent as a violinist but also as a pianist and singer. The unusual stage name is based on a surprised exclamation from a friend during a television evening together. When she saw the actress Angie Dickinson in a role as a policewoman on a screen, she said: you look like Joan as a policewoman.
Indie Rock And Irish Folk
However, Joan Wasser is just an excellent example of how well the violin has found its place in rock music. The British rock band called New Model Army was the first group to put an electric violin at the center of their sound. The legendary album Thunder And Consolation presented the violinist Ed Alleyne-Johnson for the first time. He integrated many solo parts that were influenced by Irish folk into the sound of the band. Then he became a permanent member of the live cast and played hundreds of concerts with the stars of the indie scene. In general, the violin is an integral part of Irish folk. John Sheahan, the last surviving member of The Dubliners, studied classical violin and shaped the sound of the band. Since then, numerous violin bands have shown their reference from the Electric Light Orchestra to Flogging Molly.