Say yes to rock music!
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Say yes to rock music!

The world said yes, yes to rock! Lovers of this music genre, which was born and developed in the 1950s, said yes. An evolution from blues, the afro music from the South of the US and the American country music, as well as influenced by folk, and by the classical music itself. A dancing rhythm, with rebel musicians, rock music was born an icon to the sound of the thrilling guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, all mixed to lots of irreverence.

With that, it was formed the music style that came to stay over 60 years ago. Between the decades of 1950 and 1960, it imposed itself with the presence of names such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, among others. These stars took over the charts.

Elvis brought not only one of rock’s first records, but also the famous rockabilly’s – the danceable, puffed up rhythm. But things weren’t all peace and love in the beginning. The musical genre has also been through a lot of bad critiques, including rumors that it was nothing but a satanic practice – rumors mainly generated by the more conservative elite and religious people, who abhorred the new rockers’ clothing, style and actions.

In the 1970s a sub-gender of rock comes up: heavy metal – especially marked by bands Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Amongst the main rock history idols, bands or singles, are the famous Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and The Doors.

Nowadays these names are still among the main ones within the genre’s collection, filled with irreverence and talent. In recent researches including the world’s best rock albums, the same choices appear in most cases, even when the audience is particularly young, such as the ones who were born in the 1990s or the start of the 21st century.

No matter the audience or their ages, the bands originated between the decades of 1950 and 1980 go way further than the ones that came later. They are part of the history of the true rock ‘n roll, real music icons.


Nanda Coelho

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