{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

History of Rock - evolved from many different sources in...

Info icon This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
History of Rock & Roll Summary & Analysis The Big Picture: Who, What, When, Where & (Especially) Why An "Impossible" History The history of "rock and roll," as a term, is fairly simple to tell, but the story of rock and roll, the cultural phenomenon, is far more difficult to pin down, some would even say "impossible." Why? Because music, especially this sort—rebellious, spontaneous, even, "dangerous"—resists the conventions of historical timelines. There isn't one moment, one day, or even one year that marks the very beginning of rock; it didn't suddenly appear with the release of a Little Richard , Chuck Berry , or Elvis Presley song, nor did any single political, social, or economic event incite the rise of this new genre. A Music of the People Because the first affordable solid-body electric guitars were introduced in the 1940s, and because the term "rock and roll" became popular in the early 1950s, we can cite these decades as significant turning points in the evolution of American music. But the sounds we call "rock"
Image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: evolved from many different sources, in many different regions, and at many different moments in twentieth-century history. And, perhaps most importantly, these sounds were shaped—and continue to be shaped—by countless regular people, some doing what they love, others seeking refuge from what they hate, some hoping to change the world, and still others resisting what they fear. A Secret No More Rock and roll, once a pleasure enjoyed in private by American teens seeking to differentiate themselves from their parents' generation, has become something far more acceptable—even ubiquitous! It has become a global trend, one that continues to fascinate, inspire, thrill, and—as the Parental Advisory labels remind us—unnerve, all because its essence has remained unchanged. No matter how it has evolved, stretched, and transformed, "rock and roll" continues to call to mind the same youthful rebellion and spontaneous energy that charged the music half a century ago....
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern