Rock And Roll History

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For centuries music has thrived and developed around the world. All the way from the rhythmic drum songs performed in Native American tribe rituals to Beethoven’s classical Concerto No. 3 in C minor, music has influenced and has been influenced by civilizations around the globe. Music has proved dynamic and changing with time, however, it has retained its importance. This is exemplified by the birth of a rebellious new genre of music eventually named Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll was unique in its onset around the early 1940’s that it sounded loud, unmelodic, and erratic, which differed greatly from the conservative, elegant music artists of the time, such as Bing Crosby and Patti Page. This factor generally deterred older listeners and in turn…show more content…
Even music business veterans were reluctant to hop on the Rock and Roll “band-wagon.” As “A Warning to the Music Business,” published by the entertainment magazine Variety in February of 1955, the article claimed that Rock and Roll “Music ‘leer-ics’ are touching new lows and…policing, if you will (has) to come from more responsible sources…It won’t wash for them to…justify their ‘leer-ic’ garbage by declaring ‘that’s what kids want’ or ‘that’s the only thing that sells today,” (Gilder). In response to opposition Rock and Roll and its young listeners thrived even more. As Rock and Roll became the new target for claims of juvenile delinquency, curious and rebellious teenagers fought harder to keep the music alive. Early Rock and Roll artists, such as Elvis Presley, became beacons of freedom and doing what they wanted to do. Elvis began his music career in his teens, and he accurately embodied the rebellious spirit of the young demographic and of Rock and Roll in general (Goldman…show more content…
Arlo Guthrie, brother of Woody Guthrie, claimed at the 3rd annual induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that “You don’t have a body for long, but you have a spirit.” (George-Warren 35). After a generation of strict class structure according to race and other social issues, Rock and Roll helped to break down tensions between classes and unite the nation. Most Rock artists’ passion stems from the ability to explore their soul and mind and interpret it to create music. Berry Gordy Jr. once said that “My life has been an embarrassment of riches. Every day for thirty years I’ve had the luxury of doing what I love to do. Thank God for Rock and Roll!” (George-Warren 55). The process is very freeing and easy to love by its listeners. As Willie Nelson addressed the Allman Brothers Band at the 10th annual induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, he said “When you make music that’s heartfelt and real, the people will respond.” (George-Warren 97). Rock and Roll’s musical and moralistic roots help the music to capture the listener’s desire for

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