Rock & Roll History

In the 1950s, a new genre of music started to form called Rock’n’Roll. Rock’n’Roll is a Huge part of American Culture because it gave people the confidence to share their ideas along with sharing how they feel during that period. Some Bands, their songs were about rebelling against the government or rebelling against the government’s ideas. The Government did not like this because people started believing in their ideas about freedom, which in some cases caused more rebellion.

Throughout the years, Rock’n’Roll influenced many genres of music, Including Modern Hip Hop and Rap. Through the 60s and 70s, bands like Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and many more took over the world with catchy melodies and with the controversial topics that they would sing about. During the 70s many of the songs coming out were protesting the Vietnam War. Some bands did this because they believed that America was in the wrong. Some of the musicians that protested the War were Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Dylan.

Others did this as a marketing strategy to become more well-known.

80s Rock n Roll took a very different approach to the way the musicians acted and the way they played. Bands like Van Halen, The Scorpions, Guns’n’Roses, and AC/DC sang about relationships, drug abuse, partying, and anti-government. The lyrics during the time diversified dramatically. Some talked about how great it is to be Alive and many sang about partying and having fun.

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People started to party more and much harder as new drugs was being introduced to society.

Once again, Rock’n’Roll changed the next decade. During the 90s, a new sub-genre called Grunge, originating from Seattle was introduced. The music was very dark and bands that popularized were Alice n Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Sound Garden. Sadly all of the members of these bands were extreme drug addicts. Part of the reason they had the creativity to come up with the lyrics is because of the pain and suffering they experienced from their abuse. Members such as Layne Staley of Alice In Chains and Kurt Cobain from Nirvana have been known to say that they “Are here for a good time, not a long time”, which some people admired and what partly caused the Grunge scene to become so popular. This caused people to become more open-minded in a way.

Generally speaking, music over the decades did not discriminate from one race to another and brought people from many demographics together. It did not see color or financial status, yet brought people together for a cause.

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