School of Rock:The History of Music

The Beginning of Rock Music

  • ROCK MUSIC IS A GENRE OF POPULAR MUSIC THAT ORIGINATED AS "ROCK AND ROLL" IN THE UNITED STATES IN THE 1950S, AND DEVELOPED INTO A RANGE OF DIFFERENT STYLES IN THE 1960S AND LATER, PARTICULARLY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES. IT HAS ITS ROOTS IN 1940S' AND 1950S' ROCK AND ROLL, ITSELF HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY BLUES, RHYTHM AND BLUES AND COUNTRY MUSIC. ROCK MUSIC ALSO DREW STRONGLY ON A NUMBER OF OTHER GENRES SUCH AS ELECTRIC BLUES AND FOLK, AND INCORPORATED INFLUENCES FROM JAZZ, CLASSICAL AND OTHER MUSICAL SOURCES.​

  • MUSICALLY, ROCK HAS CENTERED ON THE ELECTRIC GUITAR, USUALLY AS PART OF A ROCK GROUP WITH ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR AND DRUMS. TYPICALLY, ROCK IS SONG-BASED MUSIC USUALLY WITH A 4/4 TIME SIGNATURE USING A VERSE-CHORUS FORM, BUT THE GENRE HAS BECOME EXTREMELY DIVERSE. LIKE POP MUSIC, LYRICS OFTEN STRESS ROMANTIC LOVE BUT ALSO ADDRESS A WIDE VARIETY OF OTHER THEMES THAT ARE FREQUENTLY SOCIAL OR POLITICAL IN EMPHASIS. THE DOMINANCE OF ROCK BY WHITE, MALE MUSICIANS HAS BEEN SEEN AS ONE OF THE KEY FACTORS SHAPING THE THEMES EXPLORED IN ROCK MUSIC. ROCK PLACES A HIGHER DEGREE OF EMPHASIS ON MUSICIANSHIP, LIVE PERFORMANCE, AND AN IDEOLOGY OF AUTHENTICITY THAN POP MUSIC.​

  • BY THE LATE 1960S, REFERRED TO AS THE "GOLDEN AGE" OR "CLASSIC ROCK" PERIOD, A NUMBER OF DISTINCT ROCK MUSIC SUBGENRES HAD EMERGED, INCLUDING HYBRIDS LIKE BLUES ROCK, FOLK ROCK, COUNTRY ROCK, RAGA ROCK, AND JAZZ-ROCK FUSION, MANY OF WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PSYCHEDELIC ROCK, WHICH WAS INFLUENCED BY THE COUNTERCULTURAL PSYCHEDELIC SCENE. NEW GENRES THAT EMERGED FROM THIS SCENE INCLUDED PROGRESSIVE ROCK, WHICH EXTENDED THE ARTISTIC ELEMENTS; GLAM ROCK, WHICH HIGHLIGHTED SHOWMANSHIP AND VISUAL STYLE; AND THE DIVERSE AND ENDURING SUBGENRE OF HEAVY METAL, WHICH EMPHASIZED VOLUME, POWER, AND SPEED. IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE 1970S, PUNK ROCK REACTED AGAINST THE PERCEIVED OVERBLOWN, INAUTHENTIC AND OVERLY MAINSTREAM ASPECTS OF THESE GENRES TO PRODUCE A STRIPPED-DOWN, ENERGETIC FORM OF MUSIC VALUING RAW EXPRESSION AND OFTEN LYRICALLY CHARACTERIZED BY SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CRITIQUES. PUNK WAS AN INFLUENCE INTO THE 1980S ON THE SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT OF OTHER SUBGENRES, INCLUDING NEW WAVE, POST-PUNK AND EVENTUALLY THE ALTERNATIVE ROCK MOVEMENT. FROM THE 1990S ALTERNATIVE ROCK BEGAN TO DOMINATE ROCK MUSIC AND BREAKTHROUGH INTO THE MAINSTREAM IN THE FORM OF GRUNGE, BRITPOP, AND INDIE ROCK. FURTHER FUSION SUBGENRES HAVE SINCE EMERGED, INCLUDING POP PUNK, RAP ROCK, AND RAP METAL, AS WELL AS CONSCIOUS ATTEMPTS TO REVISIT ROCK'S HISTORY, INCLUDING THE GARAGE ROCK/POST-PUNK AND SYNTHPOP REVIVALS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM.​

  • ROCK MUSIC HAS ALSO EMBODIED AND SERVED AS THE VEHICLE FOR CULTURAL AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, LEADING TO MAJOR SUB-CULTURES INCLUDING MODS AND ROCKERS IN THE UK AND THE HIPPIE COUNTERCULTURE THAT SPREAD OUT FROM SAN FRANCISCO IN THE US IN THE 1960S. SIMILARLY, 1970S PUNK CULTURE SPAWNED THE VISUALLY DISTINCTIVE GOTH AND EMO SUBCULTURES. INHERITING THE FOLK TRADITION OF THE PROTEST SONG, ROCK MUSIC HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH POLITICAL ACTIVISM AS WELL AS CHANGES IN SOCIAL ATTITUDES TO RACE, SEX AND DRUG USE, AND IS OFTEN SEEN AS AN EXPRESSION OF YOUTH REVOLT AGAINST ADULT CONSUMERISM AND CONFORMITY.​

Rock Music Origins

ROCK MUSIC’S ORIGINS CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE LATE 1940S, WHEN THE POPULAR STYLES OF THE DAY, COUNTRY AND BLUES, MORPHED INTO A NEW SOUND AIDED BY ELECTRIC GUITARS AND A STEADY DRUM BEAT. PIONEERING ROCK ARTISTS OF THE ‘50S, SUCH AS CHUCK BERRY, LEANED HEAVILY ON CLASSIC BLUES STRUCTURES WHILE DEMONSTRATING A FLAIR AS NATURAL-BORN ENTERTAINERS. AS OPPOSED TO THE SAFE POP MUSIC OF THE ERA, ROCK’S AGGRESSIVE ATTACK SUGGESTED A SEXUAL FREEDOM THAT PROVED SHOCKING DURING THAT CONSERVATIVE AGE.​

  • BY THE EARLY ‘60S, BERRY’S FOLLOWERS, MOST NOTABLY THE ROLLING STONES, EXPANDED ROCK’S SCOPE BY TRANSITIONING FROM SINGLES ARTISTS INTO MUSICIANS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING COHESIVE ALBUMS OF SONGS. EMBRACING SEX AND YOUTHFUL REBELLION IN THEIR MUSIC, THE STONES COURTED CONTROVERSY BUT ALSO ELEVATED ROCK TO NEW CULTURAL HEIGHTS.​

5 Example list of rock genre/music & artists

  • 1. ALTERNATIVE METAL: BLACK SABBATH & LED ZEPPELIN​

  • 2. HARD ROCK: HINDER & BUCKCHERRY​

  • 3. INDUSTRIAL: MARILYN MANSON & WHITE ZOMBIE​

  • 4. POST-GRUNGE: NICKLEBACK & CREED​

  • 5. RAP ROCK: LINKIN PARK & PAPA ROACH​

Canadian Rock Artist/Band ( Avril Lavigne & Simple Plan)

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Avril Lavigne

  • AVRIL RAMONA LAVIGNE (/ˈÆVRƗL LƏˈVIːN/; BORN 27 SEPTEMBER 1984) IS A CANADIAN-FRENCH SINGER AND SONGWRITER. SHE WAS BORN IN BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO, AND SPENT MOST OF HER YOUTH IN THE TOWN OF GREATER NAPANEE. BY THE AGE OF 15, SHE HAD APPEARED ON STAGE WITH SHANIA TWAIN; BY 16, SHE HAD SIGNED A TWO-ALBUM RECORDING CONTRACT WITH ARISTA RECORDS WORTH MORE THAN $2 MILLION. IN 2002, WHEN SHE WAS 17 YEARS OLD, LAVIGNE ENTERED THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WITH HER DEBUT ALBUM LET GO, BECOMING ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR POP PUNK ARTISTS, A REASON SHE EARNED HER REPUTATION OF A "SKATER PUNK" PERSONA AND "POP PUNK PRINCESS". SINCE HER PROFESSIONAL DEBUT SHE HAS SOLD MORE THAN 30 MILLION ALBUMS AND OVER 50 MILLION SINGLES WORLDWIDE.​

Avril Lavigne - My Happy Ending

Simple Plan

  • SIMPLE PLAN IS A CANADIAN ROCK BAND FROM MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC, THAT FORMED IN 1999 CONSISTING OF LEAD VOCALIST PIERRE BOUVIER, DRUMMER CHUCK COMEAU, LEAD GUITARIST JEFF STINCO, RHYTHM GUITARIST AND BACKING VOCALIST SÉBASTIEN LEFEBVRE, AND BASSIST AND BACKING VOCALIST DAVID DESROSIERS.​

Simple Plan - I'm Just A Kid (Official Video)

Social Effects of Rock Music

  • THE POPULARITY AND WORLDWIDE SCOPE OF ROCK MUSIC RESULTED IN A POWERFUL IMPACT ON SOCIETY. ROCK AND ROLL INFLUENCED DAILY LIFE, FASHION, ATTITUDES AND LANGUAGE IN A WAY FEW OTHER SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTS HAVE EQUALLED. AS THE ORIGINAL GENERATIONS OF ROCK AND ROLL FANS MATURED, THE MUSIC BECAME AN ACCEPTED AND DEEPLY INTERWOVEN THREAD IN POPULAR CULTURE. BEGINNING IN THE EARLY 1970S, ROCK SONGS AND ACTS BEGAN TO BE USED IN A FEW TELEVISION COMMERCIALS; WITHIN A DECADE THIS PRACTICE BECAME WIDESPREAD. STARTING IN THE 1980S ROCK MUSIC WAS OFTEN FEATURED IN FILM AND TELEVISION PROGRAM SOUNDTRACKS.​

Quotes from a famous rock artists

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