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This new age brought upon, not only a new form of music, but new clothing styles, new combinations of instruments, and most importantly a new way of thinking. Teenage rebellion was finally able to take a stand against their adult oppressors with the loud music that the adults hated. The strong rhythm of the electric bass, timely beat of the drums, high-pitched tones of the electric guitar, and up-beat lyrics was the stepping stone of the greatest combination of instruments ever assembled. Although, this would later go on to split off into several different styles in itself. With this new era, the music industry flourished and readied itself to hire just about anyone who could get a crowd roaring or that they saw that had even the slightest hint of talent. As a result many people were brought into the bright light of stardom. Even though some may not be very widely known today, people such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis would not have been brought into this light if it were not for the music industry¶s insatiable thirst for new talent. Thankfully the youth of America recognized good music when they heard it and made sure that its spark would kindle the flame for its future for generations to come. But before there was any notion of rock µn¶ roll, a two forms of music known as the blues and folk existed, later to become the parents of rock. Despite the fact that these forms of music would indeed influence the creation of rock µn¶ roll, they were almost entirely different. Unlike the blues, folk music uses an instrument called the fiddle which is essentially a violin. With this instrument folk music is able to make its tunes fast-paced. Contrary to this, the blues is all about taking things slowly, not caring about the time passing by, or wallowing in sadness because time has passed by too fast, or any reason that puts a person in a sour mood. The combination of these two different types of music clashing together created a sort of musical Big Bang. Rock µn¶ roll
Many other performers and bands followed in Presley¶s footsteps in an attempt to support its distribution and share in its booming profits. The popular. Even black performers who were once greatly discriminated against found that their audiences began to contain mostly white people and. In addition. After coming across a man named Elvis Presley. in places in the south that would setup a rope in the middle of the audience so that the whites would be separated from the blacks the rope would often be gone by the end of the performance with the inhabitants of the audience all mixed together. it was time for a great revival of the arts. . those same white people would gather on the stage and ask them about their musical career. but disrespected blues music of the time conjoined with the cheery sounds of American folk music allowed for Phillips and Presley to give the youth what they wanted. founder of Sun Records was just the person to give it to them.had been created and what the people of America considered to be music would be forever changed. after their shows. etc. but he was not the only person involved in its spreading similar to a wildfire throughout the U.S. The youth of America needed a little spice in their bland life and Sam Phillips. The decade of the 1950s was recovering from WWII and faced no viable enemies at the time. Elvis Presley went on to lead this revolutionary form of music that disregarded color when it came to who could listen to and play it. As with the Renaissance of Europe. When rock µn¶ roll was first created it was a peaceful time for America. or in this case just music. People began to learn that it does not matter the color of someone¶s skin and it showed. Phillips knew he had hit the jackpot. a white man with the sound of a black man. other than maybe communists.
such as marijuana and acid were being used the same way someone takes vitamins every morning. or the government/conformist industrialized agenda intended to subdue the masses to do the biding of those in power. The band Creedence Clearwater Revival wrote a song called ³Fortunate Son´ which used satire to sarcastically explain how lucky someone was when they were drafted to fight in the war. This was because bands started to write their own songs rather than the music companies write the songs for them. Other bands. One of the most famous was the Black Panthers who strived for black equality in America and the end of segregation. To the general public. But it went on primarily because the people leading the war felt that if they had left they would have been surrendering. Activists groups also fought against the government about the Vietnam War and wanted the men who were over there to be returned immediately because it was a war that had no real purpose and should not have occurred in the first place. These drugs were not scientifically studied yet and so were not able to be considered dangerous because it was not common knowledge to know the bad effects they caused after usage. such as Fleetwood Mac were all about the freedom that everyone deserves and how everyone should love one another. which is what it ultimately resulted in by the end. Drugs. People were mainly able to use these drugs so often because they were not illegal at the time. Countless activist groups were created in an attempt to fight ³The Man´.By the time the 1960s came around many new controversial ideas had risen. Also. because America was such a conservative country before the 1960s people began to move to the side of liberalism. People would do these drugs right out in the open and would not have to worry about being busted by the police unlike the current times. So they were able to express whatever they wanted because . All of this controversy was reflected in the current decade¶s music. they were harmless and were simply fun to use and would help mellow someone out. or at least the people using them.
Woodstock was a gathering of about 500. and The Rolling Stones shook the very platform of what America had found to be rock µn¶ roll. Meanwhile Britain was still listening to the blues and folk of the times long passed. word and record spread and soon enough Great Britain was in on the fun of rock µn¶ roll. This counterculture within the American society proved to be a force of reckoning. New York were musicians played music for three days straight. The period when English rockers came over to America and showed off their versions of rock µn¶ roll. These as well as many other bands went on to right songs about the times that continued to change before their very eyes. This came to be known as the British Invasion. The Animals. and it was created by people who the conservatives and people of the previous generation looked down upon. These people who many found to be a bane on normal society were known as hippies. People dug holes in the ground to have somewhere to go to the bathroom. They began with their own interpretations of blues and folk classics and from that point on the British groups were making their own songs just as the American bands were and quickly rivaled. By the end of the decade the most historic festival in history took place. too.000 people on a 600 acre farm owned by a man named Max Yasgur located in Bethel. though. Eventually. Famous bands such as The Beatles.it was their music. Although they did not accomplish much with their protests and riots the hippies were able to put together Woodstock. Drugs were circuited throughout the crowd like veins sending blood to the entire body. beating them at their own game. if not. surpassed the native rockers. A documentary was made by Michael Wadleigh that captured the essence of the festival for anyone who had not . This awe inspiring event would go onto separate the borders between the two countries¶ bands and forever create a bond that would make it hard for people to tell if bands were American or English to the point that it did not matter.
there is a chance that people would not have thought much about it because it was just the following period of revolutionary ways of thinking after the 1950s. The 1970s seemed to stray from their former ways of ethereal articulation and only focused on the fame and fortune the music industry could bring someone. Unfortunately. Then. people started to focus on using cocaine. the drugs and the fighting for freedom within a country that was founded on the idea that every person should be free and treated equal. But one cannot argue with the fact that the hippies of the 1960s did not go out without class. In fact people overdosed on it very frequently due to its addictive .been there and won an Oscar for best documentary and was nominated for best film editing and best sound. The decade to succeed the great 1960s was. these were just the build of one of the greatest stories of American history. to top it all off Woodstock was held not unlike the grand finale of a fireworks show. The downside was that this drug was much more dangerous than the drugs of the earlier decade and could be overdosed on fairly easily. but understandably. Or in other words it made someone feel more µalive¶. the film was edited so the whole of the festival is not on film. Regardless. It stood as a monument to everything that had occurred in the past nine years and essentially recapitulated all the struggle and expression into one three day event. cocaine was used to get someone to be more awake and be happier. Without Woodstock. Rather than marijuana or acid that only got someone to be mellower. its spoiled brat. Woodstock is the ultimate reminder of the great shift in ways of thinking in America and Britain. the shattering new generation of rock bands. The 1960s went on to be remembered as the most culturally moving period of the century. too. the film showed anyone who was unlucky enough to attend the spiritually enlightening concert the importance and purpose of its occurrence. First produced as an anesthetic for people that were to undergo eye surgery. All the protests and the riots. to put it in basic terms. native and foreign.
The once proud culture of the hippies had been practically forgotten as greed set over the rock µn¶ roll world. which may as well have been the same thing. Rock stars began to be musicians only for the fame because all the cared about was the money that it brought them. if someone was not careful they would wind up taking too much trying to get the narcotic effect they so deeply needed and would die from being over utilized. though it still used some of the style and instruments of rock. But out of this dimness new life was born. People who used cocaine were thought of being cool because they had the money to buy it and were always up for a hardcore party. Funk concentrated on the electric bass. Grievously it was not uncommon for famous people to overdose on drugs such as cocaine.quality which would lead to constant use. up until that point was just a bridge between the drums and guitar. the bass was able to step into the spotlight and show what it could really do. New sects of rock µn¶ roll were created: funk and disco. Rather than wear a hat.in.and would later die . forcing them to take more to get the same effect as when they first started to use the cocaine. This constant use would build up a slight immunity in people. if not impossible to wear a hat because the afro was so large and puffy. Disco was more of pop than rock. But disco. A technique which involved slapping the bass with one¶s thumb and plucking with the index finger was used more with funk and was put under that genre becoming a style of playing the bass unique to funk. Disco was the main type of music played at clubs and influenced its own style. seeing as it was extremely difficult. A hairstyle known as the afro became very popular within the black culture and spread s bit into the other races of the country. which. . the more infamous of the two would find that the 1970s would be its only home in which it was born . if someone had an afro they may have stuck a comb in it. In contrast to the usual ways of rock disco was made primarily for people to listen to while they danced. But with funk. In the end. including rock stars.
Many people wonder why disco died. a lesser known type of rock. Ronald Scott (Bon Scott). in coalition with the raging guitar solos played by Angus Young. The only way to describe such a sound that this band made was with the term psychedelic. the singer. Dark and disturbing animations would be played during shows in addition to giant balloons and even a giant. which was the complete opposite view during the 1960s. fake brick wall that would be built during the concert and knocked down at the end as their big finish. The 1970s was truly an age of creation and hardship for the world of rock. rock melodies with technical affects the band was able to stir up the definition of rock and expand what people considered to be its boundaries. Just as it was in the 1950s. This. but slow. was made famous by one of the greatest rock bands in history: Pink Floyd. The 1970s marked the recession in rock and roll where the money became more important than the music. the 1970s focused on the overall profits that could and would be made from the music that was being created.Alongside these two forms of music. Also. Adequately diverse lyrics were in every song showing that the band kept their options open instead of having songs based on just a few subjects. All that can be said about that is that it was not made with the care that true music should have been made with and as a result it was left behind by the changing times. but that¶s not to say that the band was not creative. After slowly working their way up the food chain of fame Pink Floyd also redefined the normal concert experience. which was popular among the hippies of the 1960s. Their tunes were elementary at the core. . At the same time a band called AC/DC stuck its foot in the door with powerful hard rock. put the band at the top of the charts in no time. By combining strong. was able to put out a unique sound with his gruff voice. later to be identified in several different ways.
Punk music at its beginning had no stabilization to hold it together. Afterwards the hair was covered in gel and set into a row of spikes. music became slightly more civilized to the point where it was no longer considered underground rock because people began to like it for its solely rebellious nature and anarchist structure. such as The Clash. known as punk. The art of punk was to have a vocalist scream and yell into the mike while the band played a mash of almost random notes and beats. Similar to disco. not only with their hands. This type of music called metal was the evil side of rock. metal rockers took any morbid topic they could think of and put it into words. Back in America an even darker type of music had been devised. .As the candle of the 1970s started to run of wax it left in its wake a form of rock µn¶ roll that had been created in Britain. punk. Ironically. But the double bass pedal changed that. The Sex Pistols. It was with this form of rock that the double bass pedal was meant for. The Mohawk consisted of shaving most of the wearer¶s head. This gave the music a strong vibe and set the seed for its future grooming. This new embodiment of rock. blossomed into the jagged and hate filled flower of the 1980s that existed mostly in England. leaving only about a third of the hair in the middle from the front to the back of the scalp. As time passed. It allowed for drummers to play extremely fast. but with their feet too. It was no easy task to control the wild behavior of the punk spirit. punk had its own signature hairstyle called the Mohawk. it would be impossible to get a fast enough beat with only one bass drum. the singers of metal bands normally could not be understand as they sought to make themselves sound as dark and demonic as possible by singing in very low groans and grunting noises. But if a band could accomplish this feat they could become quite famous. and The Ramones. Driven by pure hatred of anything they saw fit. Due to the fact that meal songs were typically very fast paced.
this type of metal tended to focus too much on how they looked and in some cases could hardly be considered metal at all. even though metal was the epitome of hate and darkness of rock. was just to have long hair. but it dignified someone¶s rock status all the same. This kid¶s name was grunge and he styled the same as the definition of his name. Button-down shirts were worn over just about any other kind of shirt. The hairstyle of Metallica. It was not complex unlike the Mohawk and the afro of the 1970s. He existed to speak out against all the happiness that the world wanted to believe existed when there was really still the same amount of anguish in the world as the last three decades. Twisted Sister. Although they took it a little too far by dressing as transvestites. Metal would go on to the next decade and so on providing the blackness that the heaviest of rockers crave. one of the most well known hair metal bands was a great example of this.The most famous metal band to exist in this era was Metallica. but the dressed for it too. The name alone shows how imbedded in the core of metal Metallica would be greatly known for. But it seems almost pointless because hair metal survived no better than disco. Uncommonly known as hair metal. People often wore their sweatshirts around their waists . There was a new kid on the block that ready to speak his mind just as the hippies of the time that felt so long ago. as well as most other metal bands of the time. Yet. but made it obvious that they were men. But in its transition into the 1990s its reign of glory ended abruptly. Not only did Metallica play for the part. Jeans were ton typically torn at the knee to give a sort of ragged feel. They used this purely exclusive style to their advantage to take hair metal to its height. it was twisted and churned to form a different more hard rock version.
The timing of each change being almost precisely on the beginning of each decade was impeccable. The look was of its own kind. this success collided with the message that Nirvana was trying to spread. death. Nirvana. Grunge rockers were akin to the hippies because they fought against ³The Man´ for his suppressive conformist agenda. Also grunge rockers wrote their songs about why one should stand up for themselves. other than England who shared our changes. or very in touch with their emotions. even if they actually were not. one tried to look as if they did not care which made them seem cool. but also any emotional expression made them seem really µdeep¶. This mix of depression and courage brought a new view to the µbad boy¶ and µbad girl¶ genres. It is like watching a social structure fast-forward. This hypocritical clash stunted the band in the worst way possible. successful band of the decade. Neither has any society altered its entire outlook so drastically before. if not the most. . as well as why other people should feel sorry for them. The singer/guitarist Kurt Cobaine of Nirvana shot himself due the fear he had of his music becoming a part of the conformist mechanism he so greatly despised and died in the year 1994. and these influences are what made the greatest fifty years in American history. Although. Tattered sneakers also came custom with the grunge outfit. The band was one of the. All these events. has had such dramatic shifts in such short amounts of time. the leading group of the grunge style represented this in every way one could think of. No other country.when they felt that it was too hot to wear them in the normal fashion. these styles. This interim in time is incomparable to any other point in time in recorded history almost like the separate periods that took place within it.
2011 . Coughlin Honors U.A Dictation of the History of Rock µN¶ Roll Up Until the New Millennium By Max Nelson Mr.S History II March 3.
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