Freelance writer on the topic of '80s music
Avid music fan
Steve Peake is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles and lists about '80s music for 10 years. He gained much of his early musical knowledge during his teens as he witnessed the transition from '70s disco to '80s new wave and arena rock.
Music has always been foremost among his passions, but over the last few years he has deepened and focused that passion as both a listener and a dabbling musician.
Over the years, the time he spent listening to cassettes and commercial radio during the '80s has armed him not only with encyclopedic knowledge about the era's music but also an unwavering passion to learn more.
Having witnessed the transition from '70s disco to '80s new wave and arena rock at the turn of the decade, Steve gained much of his early musical knowledge from Top 40 radio.
By the mid-'80s, Casey Kasem had become less of an influence on Steve's listening habits, as classic rock and hard rock began to divert his '80s music attention a bit in deference to the '60s and '70s.
However, a combination of MTV, pop metal, and early alternative rock helped return his ears to the ground of '80s music happenings.
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