Rock Music: The History Of Rock And Roll

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You think you know rock and roll? Think again. Today I am going to tell you about the history of rock music, why it’s a popular genre, and how the Vietnam War changed rock music. Rock and roll has been around since the mid-1950s. Rock and roll has changed dramatically over the years. Some of the first rock and roll singers were Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, etc. During the years of transition during the late fifties and early sixties, music has dramatically changed over the years. From Motown music to hard rock to heavy metal, rock and roll became the most popular genre of music. Rock and roll is a popular genre because it’s been around since the 1950’s. But during the late sixties and early seventies, music turned dark, loud, and vulgar, threatening…show more content…
Some of the first rock and roll singers were Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, etc. The years of transition were during the late fifties and early sixties. Music has dramatically changed over the years. From Motown to hard rock to heavy metal, rock and roll has become the most popular genre of music. Expanding the boundaries of rock and roll during the 1960’s included music such as soul, surf, folk, and rock. Popular musicians during that time were The Supremes, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison and The Doors. The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in England in 1962. The lineup members are Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Ian Stewart. Motown music was a hit in the sixties. Some Motown music producers were Phil Spector and Berry Gordy. Gordy wrote songs, produced records, scout talent, and promote hits, but ultimately it was his business acumen that was the most responsible for building the Motown empire. Phil Spector produced records, wrote songs, etc. Some Motown bands are Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye,…show more content…
Motown music quickly became heavier. Motown stars had their careers ended because of drugs and alcohol. Most Motown bands broke up and new bands formed in the 1980s. Rock and roll seemed to disappear as we headed to the turmoil of the 1980s. Some new bands were starting to form and made heavy metal music rather than basic rock music. In the 1970’s, rock music becomes a big business. Rock music become more progressive and went from hard rock, to progressive rock, to heavy metal. Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Saturday Night Fever, Bruce Springsteen, and The Sex Pistols were the most popular during the 70’s. Led Zeppelin was an English heavy metal band formed in London, England in 1968. Led Zeppelin consisted of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. Heavy metal bands like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, etc. were very popular due to their music and influences. In the 1980s, bands like Iron Maiden and Motorhead from England were a huge hit on the rock charts. Iron Maiden is well known for their single, The Trooper, while Motorhead was known for their hit single, The Ace of
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