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Goth, A Life Style

Historically, the Goth scene grew out of the post-Punk movement of the late 1970s. The separation of the two was brought about, in the main, by youth from materially-secure, well-educated families. They saw Punk as a way of revolting against the perceived mind- boggingly-boring and indifferent life of their parents. Pretty rapidly discovering that they couldn't hack Punk's extroverted lifestyle, these people went on to create their own sub-culture. Their rebellion was not political or social - it was an aesthetically-inspired one - creating a gothic lifestyle.
Since the mid-nineties, after a decline at the end of the eighties and perhaps spurred on by 'pre-millennial tension', the Goth scene has undergone something of a revival - gigs are frequently well-attended, and there are a fair number of 'big' bands on the Goth scene, although few have enjoyed real commercial success. It is frequently argued that commercialisatino of Goth events destroys what is referred to as the 'family'. These events are, at times, called 'family gatherings'... a family which dose not mind that there are more black than white sheep in it.
The biggest event world-wide is the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) which takes place in Leipzig, Germany, each year over Whitsun.
Alas, in 2000 the organiser went bankrupt halfway into the four- day-event and most of the 300- plus bands were not paid. The future of this event is up in the air at the time of writing [The Goth scene in non-violent. When it became apparent at this year's WGT that because of non-payment, about half of the bands were not going to come on stage, there were a few moments of yelling and whistling by disappointed fans - but nothing major. And this restraint was shown by a crowd of over 30 ,000 disappointed..

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