Rock and Roll: A History


Neil Cross
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Rock and Roll spawned in the southern states of the USA from a mixture of blues, nation, jazz and gospel music. While ingredients of rock and roll are obvious in music from as early as the 1920s it wasn’t until the 50s that rock and roll as an individual genre was born. While it’s difficult to determine an actual year or track that signalled the beginning of rock and roll due to the evolutionary nature of music, Elvis Presley is usually a favored figure as the initially true rock and roll icon.

Rock and Roll in its authentic shape declined at the finish of the 50s with all the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper in a airplane crash along with a great deal of different big artists exiting the music industry temporarily or forever (like Elvis who left for the army). In the UK meanwhile, Cliff Richard became the initial home-grown rock and roll star to sing authentic information in 1958.

However, the rock and roll sound developed in the 1960s, and if Britain had been slow to make rock stars initially it caught up in the decade to come. The Animals, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones were all lucrative groups but paled compared to The Beatles. Into the 70s Marc Bolan pioneered glam rock with his group T. Rex and David Bowie unleashed his creation Ziggie Stardust.

Further division of the rock and roll sound might continue throughout that decade and beyond. Punk rock was characterised many notably by the short-lived but hugely influent Sex Pistols, while Nirvana’s grunge sound created a synonymous impact. These genres were seized on in the 90s and beyond in a technique that produced them more accessible to a mainstream audience. Pop-punk was represented by Blink-182 and Green Day while the Foo Fighters have been described as post-grunge.

Rock and roll’s legacy doesn’t simply lay found on the truth it created some wise music to dance to. Lyrics and performances were becoming more intimate challenging conventional boundaries, and because the music had come from sounds originating in Europe and Africa it would even have been influential in questioning issues to do with race. While rock and roll can not posses the same transformative energy as it did over half a century ago, it has left a durable impression.

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