Rock N Roll was merely a new wave of music that was the result of merging some old blues sounds with the new sounds produced by the electric guitar and percussion. It was nothing deeper than that.
Yes, in the sense that it reflected a wider sociological change.
For the first time teenagers had large disposable incomes. With that disposable came a willingness and desire to look outside the norms created by their parents. Rebellion was in the air and rock 'n' roll was part of that.
As time went on the product of the rebellion (rock 'n' roll) became one of the prime movers of the rebellion.
No, and sorry this is so long.
Rock and roll EVOLVED, as opposed to being categorized as a revolution. I was there! The early forms of rock and roll with basic guitar chords, dazzling piano antics, and "do wop" lyrics (Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Bill Haley and the Comets) of the 1950's evolved into the great sixties bands (The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones) who wrote slightly more sophisticated song lyrics to accompany evolving guitar riffs and pronounced drum beats. Think Keith Moon of The Who with that description.
As the sixties progressed, so did music genres and gifted musicians. Even The Beatles' music evolved from simple guitar riffs and yeah, yeah lyrics to the use of melodic acoustic guitars and sitars to enhance nonsensical, and drug- inferenced lyrics. Musicians were finally coming into their own with their mad skills: think of the genius of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, as well as the bands Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead, whose lead guitarists could play a mean slide riff and flowing banjo solos, and the hard-driving beats of Zeppelin drummer,John Bonham.
The seventies was the era of the greatest push of the evolution of musical genius and bands, which formed the basis of eighties and nineties rock and grunge. Look at the music of today: all an evolution of earlier rock and roll!
yes, rock n roll opened the door to free spirit and free thinking
just like the hells angels represent true freedom by making there own rules as they go.
I would say YES, simply because of the speed that it took hold. It spread like wildfire among the young. That distinguishes it from 'evolution' to my mind.
Rock n Roll was a revolution. No other music in history or after caused such a stir in cultural awakening. I think ww2 had allot to do with it also. The late 40s and early 50s was a period of paradigm change. The world needed a change from all the hardships of the first half century. It was the baby boom era and the letting loose of personal frustrations. White musicians adopted and perfected this style of music that the Blacks were doing. It was the ultimate form of self expression. It had heart, it had joy, it had feeling. Musicians began to sing what they wanted and was feeling and not what society expected.
I question your word choice. You have some people here arguing over semantics. Does rock have its roots in other genres of music? Yes. Did it hit society in such a powerful dramatic way as to be considered similar to revolution? Yes.
(See? The best answer did NOT require several paragraphs; did it?)
by Keith Greene 5 years ago
Yes or no? If it is, what finally killed it?
by Mark Knowles 10 years ago
DJ -This is your purview and I love what you are doing here.So, I have a question - Is this not the best Rock and Roll song ever?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2ybQuhQv8gIf not, what is a better song?
by Tony Mead 6 years ago
Do you think Rock and Roll still has a message for young people?
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by 6 String Veteran 6 years ago
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by Mr. Phantasm 3 years ago
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