History of american rock and roll

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How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music by Elijah Wald

There are no definitive histories, writes Elijah Wald, in this provocative reassessment of American popular music, because the past keeps looking different as the present changes. Earlier musical styles sound different to us today because we hear them through the musical filter of other styles that came after them, all the way through funk and hip hop.
As its blasphemous title suggests, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n Roll rejects the conventional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock history. Rather than concentrating on those traditionally favored styles, the book traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies--including the role of records, radio, jukeboxes and television --to give a fuller, more balanced account of the broad variety of music that captivated listeners over the course of the twentieth century. Wald revisits original sources--recordings, period articles, memoirs, and interviews--to highlight how music was actually heard and experienced over the years. And in a refreshing departure from more typical histories, he focuses on the world of working musicians and ordinary listeners rather than stars and specialists. He looks for example at the evolution of jazz as dance music, and rock n roll through the eyes of the screaming, twisting teenage girls who made up the bulk of its early audience. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles are all here, but Wald also discusses less familiar names like Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Frankie Avalon, and the Shirelles, who in some cases were far more popular than those bright stars we all know today, and who more accurately represent the mainstream of their times.
Written with verve and style, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n Roll shakes up our staid notions of music history and helps us hear American popular music with new ears.
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Rock 'n Roll America, the making of good music

Rock and roll, a popular music craze of the mids, turned a loud, fast, and sexy set of sounds rooted in urban, black, working class, and southern America into the pop preference as well of suburban, white, young, and northern America. By the late s, those fans and British counterparts made their own version, more politicized and experimental and just called rock—the summoning sound of the counterculture. Notoriously, rock fans detonated disco records in
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The Origins and History of Rock Music

F or some of us, it began late at night: huddled under bedroom covers with our ears glued to a radio pulling in black voices charged with intense emotion and propelled by a wildly kinetic rhythm through the after-midnight static. Growing up in the white-bread America of the Fifties, we had never heard anything like it, but we reacted, or remember reacting, instantaneously and were converted. We were believers before we knew what it was that had so spectacularly ripped the dull, familiar fabric of our lives. We asked our friends, maybe an older brother or sister. It was an obsession, and a way of life. For some of us, it began a little later, with our first glimpse of Elvis on the family television set.

Without doubt the music that has come from the USA, especially in the 20th century, has gone on to shape and influence modern popular music as we know it. Of course, the history of American music is long and complex, but the foundation trio of blues, rock and roll, and country is a good place to start. Like many cultural explosions, technology played its part when it came to jazz and blues. Both were able to reach wider audiences thanks to Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph, which gave birth to recorded music. Through the s blues and jazz grew to become hugely popular genres.

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American rock has its roots in s and s rock and roll , rhythm and blues , and country music , and also drew on folk music , jazz , blues , and classical music. American rock music was further influenced by the British Invasion of the American pop charts from and resulted in the development of garage rock. From the late s and early s, American rock music was highly influential in the development of a number of fusions, including blending with folk music to create folk rock , with blues to create blues rock , with country music to create country rock , roots rock and southern rock and with jazz to create jazz rock , all of which contributed to psychedelic rock. In the s, rock developed a large number of subgenres, such as soft rock , hard rock , heavy metal , glam rock , progressive rock and punk rock. New subgenres that were derived from punk and important in the s included new wave , hardcore punk , post-punk , thrash , and alternative rock.

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