A Very Brief History of Rock and Roll

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Rock and Roll has influenced everyone's life whether we like it or not. It is a style of music that has been around since the early 50's, born out of a combination of Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Country music. In the early days, Rock and Roll was a new form of music that had a very simplistic sound which also introduced the electric guitar for the first time, combined with a drummer and bassist. Since then, it has been drastically changed and evolved into a multitude of different genres including metal, punk and alternative rock. It has influenced many facets of culture including fashion, lifestyle, language and attitudes as well as bringing generations of people together. Rock and Roll has influenced my life from a young age while learning how to play my favorite rock songs on guitar. The history of Rock and Roll is a very interesting evolution and in this paper we will touch on some of the most influencial rock era's in the past 60 years and some of the people who pioneered and perfected the sound.

As World War II ended and the world started the recovery process, American's faced new freedom's and ideals that seemed to re-energize and jump start the country. (Scaruffi, 22) From this newly found freedom, many people pursued new interests in travel, drive-in movie theaters, automobiles, television, fashion and music. One of the most influencial freedom that came about at this time was of course Rock and Roll music. Popular mostly with teenagers at the time, this new form of music gave the youth of America more ways to express themselves and allowed them to break out of the everyday monotony of the American middle class way of life. A very popular form of rock and roll that emerged at this time was called Rockabilly. (Peneny) This version of early rock and roll which combined blues, jazz and country was the cornerstone of music in the 1950's. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins were among the most important...
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