Rock music is slang for rock and roll music. Originating is the 40's and early 50's, it is a genre of music that has evolved from an experiment between boogie woogie/blues(ex.John Lee Hooker), gospel(ex.Mahalia Jackson) , and country/western(ex.Jimmie Rodgers) along with swing and jazz music known as rockabilly into the hundreds of subcategories and counting that we know of today. The REAL definition is a colaboration between all genres of music of that time. A colaboration of all races, creeds, and positions in society that couldn't have happened if it weren't for the hundreds of things that went terribly wrong and completely right in that period of time. In short, rock music was a miracle of music.
A lot of the reason rock music was formed was when the swinging Big Bands of the 40's were split up by WW2, many either died out or became smaller. They had to rely more on vocals and guitar than the large instumental compositions that they had started out with. Buddy Holly's was the rock music band that set the standard of 3 guitars and drums.
For Examples listen to the radio, or watch TV
(normally) played with guitars bass and drums. A way to "stick it to the man"
You can't really say who started rock music, some people may argue it was Elvis others may say it was The Beatles. Its like that everlasting question, why did the chicken cross the road?
"And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock 'n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV!" - Jack Black, School Of Rock
Rock music is a form of music that is constantly evolving and has many different variants, though all rock music shares a few qualities,rock music is usually guitar driven with drums and bass providing the back-beat, and the singer providing the vocals, though instrumentals are quite common as well. Synthesizers,pianos and many other instruments are used as well but aren't considered staples of rock. The main genres of rock music are Metal,Punk,Blues,Hard rock,Soft rock and pop rock, which further divide into thousands of sub-genres. Rock originally became popular due to it's inherent rebelliousness and resistance to the Status Quo, though nowadays it is a mainstream form a music with many of it's most popular acts being controlled by companies and the mainstream.Rock is most likely the most important form of musical expression in the past 50 years, influencing social,political, and economical climates of all countries around the world.
Some of my favorite examples of rock music are Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, AC/DC,The Jimi Hendrix experience, Nirvana,Black Sabbath,The Red Hot Chili Peppers,The Sex Pistols, and Bad Religion
Long ago there was a way skilled musicians could express themselves about a variety of topics. Often, once famous, rock stars would use drugs and alcohol. They, however, all had skills. Sadly, this culture was brutally murdered. The horrors of modern "music" killed the fuck out of the last of real music. With the death of rock, music finally died. It has long been believed by music fans that someday a band will rise to resurrect music. This band has not yet come. As of now the barren wasteland that is now the radio is dominated by horrible demons such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, and other such total failures to create music.
Billy turns on a radio
...Let's play a love game...It's the best of both worlds...How can you be so heartleesss?....
OH shit! this sucks! I'm going to go listen to my AC/DC cd's, real rock music.
Something that was ruined by Nickelback
Rock music is all played with real instruments. The musicians play from their hearts wildly. Rap music is only good if you like mediocrity and banality as a basis for music. It has the same message all the time: Hate, violence, drug crime, failed relationships. Its depressing and tedious. Drum & Bass is incoherent and completely free of appealing qualities.
A lot of rap and hip-hop is also computer-generated and uses a lot of synthesizers. the only band that used synthesizers and made it sound really good were The Who. Rock musicians really put the effort in and play with commitment.
to the user that said N'Sync was rock music, that is ridiculous to the point of beig offensive. N'Sync are an awful pop-poser group, and you let hip-hop and rap go to your head. Rock is about standing up to the establishment, so don't think you won't get comebacks to your stupid comments when you spread your fascist opinions like poison.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, The Rolling Stones, CRR.
"Gimme Back My Bullets," "Bad to the Bone," "Shattered," "Travelin' Band