A Brief History of Hard Rock

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The music industry has many different genres, to suit a multitude of listeners; but, the most popular is rock. Rock has numerous genres within itself, including; heavy metal, hard rock, arena rock, and many more. The most popular genre would be either heavy metal or hard rock. They are both very similar in “taste” with the only differences being what the music is about and the pitch of the music. Heavy metal is typically about the “darker” things in life and it will have an overall deeper pitch to it. While, hard rock is considered “good-time music” and contains a multitude of different pitches.

Hard rock really began in the 1970’s; but, is rooted from the music of the mid-1960’s; such as, garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock. Hard rock was started when both British and American bands began to add a greater blues influence to their music. This in turn added harder, deeper and overall louder tone to their music. A few of the first hard rock bands were The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Kingsmen. These bands had slowly converted their music from the classic soft rock, with acoustic instruments and a greater emphasis on vocals, into hard rock, with a greater emphasis on the instruments. Near the end of the 1960’s more and more bands began to play this new type of music. Some of the bands had taken this change to the extreme and actually defined heavy metal; such as, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin. But, most of the bands continued to play hard rock, “The good time music”. The 1970’s were known as the expansion period of hard rock. By this time every rock band had made their music at least a little “heavier”, in order to remain “afloat” in the changing music industry. Throughout the early seventies the bands ...

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...order to stay “alive”; and if was to stop he would feel as if he had let down the world, and all the boys who were like himself. This song was written by the band Foreigner after they had encountered a boy outside of their door at a concert. They then brought this boy in and showed him the interworking of a rock concert. This song defines hard rock because it is not just rock, it has a large emphases on the instrumentals; guitar, bass guitar and drums. It is also a “good time” song and embraces the natural feel of hard rock.

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