Essay On Rock Music

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HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC Rock is a genre of pop (popular) music that started as “rock and roll” in the US in the early 50s, which has developed into an enormous range of styles ever since then. The roots of its style come from the African American blues and country music. This drew a number of other genres like electric blues and folk. Regularly Rock is based on a 4/4 time signature using a verse chorus form, but the genre is so wide it varies a lot. The commonly used instruments in rock are electric guitars; basses (which pioneered on jazz music in the same era) and drums and one or more singer, pianos and keyboards are also used a lot. Rock music is defined by rhythm not melody with the heavy beats being 2 and 4 in the time. Rock bands are…show more content…
Most of the melodies are derived from older musical models including the Dorian, like Beethoven, and the Mixolydian, like Edvard Gried. “Harmonies range from the common triad to parallel fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions.” Since it has such a complex history and has the tendency of stealing other genres musical and cultural forms, it has been argued "it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition." The 1950s were the years were it all started with rock and roll. Alan Freed (1921- 1965) was the first one to begin playing with different rhythms and mixing genres creating, then called race music, rock for a multi-racial audience. Jimmy Preston’s “Rock the Joint” is consider the first rock and roll record after this. With Elvis’ “That’s all right Mama” Rock and Roll became major in the US and Europe and artists like Little Richard, Jerry lee Lewis and Gene Vincent exploded to the masses and became extremely popular. The era saw the growth in popularity of the electric guitar and the mix of active components. It is believed that with the death of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens the rock and roll era was dead too and established to a point of no revival.
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