What is the history of rock

A brief history of rock

If you look up the term "rock" in the dictionary, it usually says that it is a genre of music. For fans of rock music, this term stands for much more: an attitude towards life, an attitude, for some even a revelation!

Rock ‹n› Roll - The mother of rock music

The term rock ‹n› roll, or rock for short, has two origins: on the one hand, «rock ‹n› roll» was used by teenagers in the 1950s as a synonym for sex. On the other hand, the reference to rock should make it clear that rock music is harder than all other styles of music.
Rock 'n' roll music developed after the Second World War from the rhythm 'n' blues of black musicians and was popular in the 50s and 60s. To match the music, there was also rock ‹n› as a dance style. The best-known representatives of this genre were Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. Rock 'n' roll originated in America and was in turn used as a template for beat music from Great Britain. The Beatles even built the name of the genre into their band names.

Hard as a rock

Rock 'n' roll and beat music were soon no longer hard enough for many. The music continued to develop and so several sub-genres emerged in the 1970s, such as hard rock, heavy metal or glam rock. But terms like soft rock or psychedelic rock also made the rounds.
The problem with these types of play: you had to master your instrument quite well in order to be able to participate successfully in the rock circus. So it's no wonder that relatively simple punk music stirred up the rock world at the end of the 1970s. Anyone who could play 3 chords on their guitar was set as the lead guitarist of a punk band.

And then came the pop music

In the 80s, synthesizers were suddenly on the rise and with them pop music. The rockers of the world made the best of it and combined the two styles of music. “Pop-Metal” was born, which is sometimes also called “Glam-Metal” or somewhat pejoratively “Hair-Metal”. This was characterized by the fact that the pompous appearance of glam rock is combined with elements of pop music. «Lovely» melodies meet distorted guitars and often strongly sexualised texts. Representatives of this movement are groups such as Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe and Cinderella. It was jokingly said about the all male members of these bands that they used more make-up and more hairspray than the female fans.

Grunge, punk revival and nu-metal

At the beginning of the 90s, a new movement rolled over the music world: grunge. Grunge combined elements of punk with elements of hard rock and metal. To this day, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is referred to as the “mouthpiece of a whole generation” and one is not entirely wrong. Grunge expressed the attitude towards life of the youth of the 90s and was therefore absorbed by the teenagers by storm. It even went so far that you could buy pre-made grunge collections in fashion stores. The genre of music burned out quickly and made way for punk and alternative rock bands like Green Day or The Offspring.
That went on for a few years and then there was a need for more toughness again. Nu-Metal had its peak in the 2000s. This "new metal" combined elements from rap and metal music. The rapped passages and DJ elements were taken from hip-hop, but rarely guitar solos from metal, as known from bands like Iron Maiden. The guitars are tuned lower and the amplifiers turned to full distortion, which harmonizes perfectly with the vocals.

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