There are still old bands touring and new bands trying to change the music culture today. Kids nowadays are more interested in rap and hip hop. Pop and country are also a big part of the music culture of today. Rock and roll just needs a band or two to take the world by storm again just like “the greats” did in the 50’s and 60’s. Bands of today definitely have plenty of influential examples to start a new rock invasion.
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.
The name ‘rock and roll’ was identified by Alan Freed, a radio disc jockey that introduced rhythm and blues to the mainstream public, and altered it for the rock and roll. “What Freed certainly knew but few whites were unaware of at the time was that the term (rock and roll) was widely used in black music as a euphemism for sex” (R&RG, 20). Concepts of rhythm and clues such as “complex rhythms and call-out response” and “blending work of both joys and sorrows in the South” were taken black American heritage (R&RG, 23). These styles of music were set to anglo-style songs and thus produced a new style of music. This new style of music set the stage for some of the most influential musicians of youth in this time.
Bill Haley officially made the new genre “rock” music when his song “(Were Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” appeared in the movie Blackboard Jungle in 1955, breaking rock into the mainstream (Kallen, 2012, 14). Although Haley is credited for bringing rock to mainstream, other black artists such as B.B. King, Little Milton, Howling Wolf, and Ike Turner were the true pioneers of the rock music style but were not as popular because of their race. After the success of Haley, a Memphis studio owner, Sam Phillips was desperately looking for a rock artist that could become mainstream, Sam had previously recorded for other talented black artists but their music wasn’t getting as much attention because of racial prejudice. Phillips’ dream of promoting a rock musician became true when a young man named Elvis Presley recorded a demo in his studio in 1954 (Kallen, 2012, 18).
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had the biggest impact on rock music and shaped the music styles and styles of the bands that came after them. There were many bands that tried to follow in the footsteps of The Beatles with more of a music style that was influenced by earlier pop music. These bands had the same type of vocals that The Beatles had and acted like The Beatles acted. Other bands tried to follow in the footsteps of The Rolling Stones using more of a blues influence in their music. They were the original bad boy boy band.
As rock music continued its progression into the 1960... ... middle of paper ... ...ousness of the genre and the realization of the mortality of our favorite rock stars. The 80’s gave way to the greater popularity of punk and metal, and along came cultures sometimes characterized by black clothing, macabre imagery and interests in death, the occult, and the supernatural, and elaborate makeup. During the 90’s grunge, alternative, and hip-hop inspired fashion became popular with loose fitting clothing, tartan or plaid flannels, and the popularity of sneakers like Converse, Adidas, and Nikes. A common theme through all ages of rock is rebellion, and subsequently freedom. From Elvis to The Ramones to Nirvana, rock bands and artists have always pushed the envelope.
With this being a new genre of music, many new ideas were brought into the music world that had never been thought of. Rock music has many different subgroups that bands have made many strides in and many of the most popular bands will reach into multiple subgroups of rock and roll. The main subgenre that shaped rock and roll in the late 1960s and 1970s was acid rock or also called psychedelic rock. Rock music got its start with a mixture of gospel, jazz, blues and western country in the 1940s and 50s. At first, Rock and Roll was not liked by the older generation because they thought it was a way for teens to rebel.
Rock and roll was born in the late 1950s. Primary influenced from southern artists like Elvis Presley and Bill Haley, this new genre of music though admonished by many became popular among the younger listeners. During this time period, rock was primarily played in jukeboxes and clubs, but when introduced to the radio, became popular amongst the listeners and became an enormous success. The success continued throughout the 1960s when the main genres of rock were established. Bands like The Rolling Stones,The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin changed the music scene in Britain.
This switch from previous lifestyles and behaviors of the 1950s to different and more relaxed attitudes about lifestyles and behaviors came in great part from the huge contrast in styles of music, both vocal and instrumental. Rock and Roll was ultimately controversial due to black a... ... middle of paper ... ...nfluence and sexiness compared to other musicians of his day and age. The distinguished artists of the Rock and Roll generation brought forth innovative music, style, and influences, in turn constructing a new genre of acclaimed sound. Rock and Roll was conjointly the birth of mixing black and white sound and the availability of the radio in cars and in homes allowed it to do so. Additionally, teenagers across the nation prompted Rock and Roll’s popularity and pushed it to become one of the most beloved and controversial music sounds, with adult audiences argumentative towards the message it perceived.
Some of the typical instruments used in a blues-rock band would be electric guitar, bass guitar, a drum kit, vocals, a Hammond organ and a harmonica. In the 1970s the line between hard rock and blues-rock had become so thin it was almost unnoticeable. By the early 1980s blues-rock had a falling out of the mainstream of music. But in the late 1980s early 1990s blues-rock went mainstream again thanks to bands such as Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughn who made there way to rock stardom once again. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues-rock) Psychedelic rock the definition of this interesting and influential genre is a style of rock music that attempts to reproduce the mind-altering experiences of many different hallucinogenic drugs.