The Rock Music Era Affected Society in More Negative Ways Than Positive Ones.

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The Rock music era affected society in more negative ways than positive ones.

Rock music is a genre of popular music that entered the mainstream in the 1950’s. It gained its origins from rhythm and blues, jazz and rock and roll. The exact date of the birth of Rock music is difficult to determine .It was said that no one planned the Internet, but it was conceived and then it took over the world. The same can be said for Rock music (Dister, 19). Few would dispute that rock music owes most of it origins to the musical traditions of America’s black population (Bogdanov, Woodstra and Erlewine, 1303), where jungle beats very similar to the ones used in rock till today were part of traditional African- American rituals. Chuck Berry was said to have invented Rock music in 1955 (History), which seduced white listeners with its raw energy. White people inherited the music in the 1960’ and seventies, also known as the Golden Age as during this time, the most popular and influential bands of all time were formed. Elvis, Bob Dylan and Cream were akin to household names during this time. Rock bands sold out concerts, albums and in many cases, idolized as Gods. By this time Rock music had evolved, and began breaking away into different genres within it. They formed their own identities with explicit socio-political messages and inculcated these ideologies into their music. Most of these sentiments were influenced by the woes of the middle class, war, religion and other issues, which bore great importance to the artistes’ hearts. By doing so, Rock music impacted society negatively in three major ways – It gave rise to the ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll’ lifestyle, promoted drug abuse and also entangled itself with the occult and violence. Rock music gave rise to the ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll’ lifestyle. Rock stars glorified the concept of casual sex and spread a hippie culture by coining the term “share the love”. The dominantly male rock scene saw themselves being...
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