A Brief History of Rock

A Brief History of Rock

Who doesn’t enjoy some good alone time listening to the finest rock songs? From generation to generation, people from all over the world have become fond of its loud, strong and fast riffs. But, do you know when and how it all started? Let’s walk you through it!

Rock was born in the mid 19th century, and its strong lyrics from a vast variety of topics that can go from love to social protest or even family, have always stood out from the pack because of its revolutionary contest. Crazy as it may seem, rock has come a long way, as it was actually a subgenre that took all sorts of influences from Jazz, Blues, Folk, and even Country music, from its very beginning in the ‘50s up to this day. Also, rock has changed a lot and has a countless amount of subgenres, like Indie, Hard, Heavy Metal, Industrial, Punk, Alternative, among others.

Evolution

Rock first entered the music scene with authority back in 1950 thanks to the influence of Elvis Presley, who had just recorded “That’s all right Mama”, considered to be the first ever rock and roll song. Fast forward to the ‘60s, when The Beatles came into the picture and made this genre popular in the United Kingdom, creating a revolution with other legendary bands of the likes of The Who and the Rolling Stones. Behind British rock, American rock was getting a lot of influence from the psychedelic scene and the hippie movement, with the Grateful Dead, The Doors, and Jimmy Hendrix as one of its main representatives, until Bob Dylan became the ultimate American rocker and an ambassador of this genre.

Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead

Then, in the ‘70s, bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Deep Purple became incredibly popular and took rock to a whole new dimension with louder sound, a different topic featuring drugs, sex, and a badass kind of lifestyle, with the surge of the Punk movement with The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones starting a social revolution of their own. Ten years later, Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, took the scene to make it even darker, louder, and more popular, but it wasn’t until the ‘90s when rock started to change a lot with the surge of Grunge, Death Metal, Rock Fusion, and Indie.

Linkin Park
Linkin Park

The ‘00s came in and rock kept on its evolution, featuring electronic sounds and interesting fusions to change the way people perceived the sounds, also including hip-hop and pop music as a whole new kind of subgenre for rock, with bands like Linkin Park, Blink-182, Green Day, Evanescence, and Limp Bizkit taking the musical scene for assault. Some die hard rockers claim this genre is now dead and there hasn’t been anything new, different or great since the good old days, but truth to be told, rock goes way further than what most people think and its evolution is never going to stop, as it will always reflect people look at the world, and how’d they change it.

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