A form of music, and probably the most well known. Rock started in the '50s as "rock n' roll", and was made popular by musicians such as Elvis Presley and Little Richard. It was mainly inspired by the blues and jazz, so it would be upbeat and appeal to young people. Rock has been instrumental in the history of America, and without it, we wouldn't have our society as we know it. Rock has evolved largely over the years. In the '60s, it was the common music of hippies
, THE counter-culture of that decade, and was made even more popular by the arrival of British bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In the '70s, it went even further as the music of rebellion, and split off into various subgenres, such as psychedelic rock, progressive rock, punk rock
, and early heavy metal
. The '80s introduced MTV
, music television, as well as furthering heavy metal, which spawned its own offspring, such as NWOBHM
, thrash metal
, and glam metal
, also known as hair metal. In the '90s, alternative rock
took over the radio, MTV, and the charts. Sadly, in the new decade, the 2000s, rock is being thrown off by rap
, and R&B
, none of which are nearly as good. Unfortunately, today's youth would rather listen to shitty, repetitive, synth-laden pop and rap than real music. Rock isn't doing too well by itself, either. Most rock bands nowadays suck, as they also write overproduced shit. The question I have is, "What in the fuck happened to good old-fashioned rock n' roll?"
Stupid 12-year-old wannabe gangster: YO ROCK IZ DEAD, GET WIT DA TIMEZ YO!!!!!!!!11111!!!!1111 YALL NEEDZ 2 LISSENZ 2 SUM RAP!!!!!!!!!!!11111
Me: Learn how to speak English you dumb shit. And no, just because rock is slumping in CD sales this year doesn't mean that it's "dead". Rock will always be better than rap because:
1. They sing, rather than just talk about a bunch of bullshit that no one with an IQ of 100 or over wants to listen to.
2. They play instruments.
3. They have always been, and always will be, the all-time best-sellers of the music business.
Wannabe gangster: STFU DOOD, ITZ GAY AND U KNO IT!!!!!111
Me: Oh really? Well, you should know that not all music is about being a "gangsta". It's not dependent on synthesizers and not all of it has to be stuff you can dance to in some shitty nightclub. You getting me here?
Wannabe: YO, THIS SHYT IS GAY. IMA GET MA BOYZ HERE AND WE Z GONNA FUCK UZE UP!!!!!!!!!!1111111
Me: (sarcastically) Oh, I'm so scared. (grabs the little shit by the head and drop-kicks him)