In the early 50s, at the end of the big band swing era, came a form of music that, like
others, parents would reject and their children would love. This type of music is known as Rock
and Roll.


Rock and Roll is defined as a popular type of music played on electric instruments and
characterized by a strong beat and much repetition. Simply this means music that kids like, music
that parents hate, and in some places banned from schools.


Although there are many different types of Rock and Roll, its true origins came from the
50s with groups such as Dion and the Bellmonts, Chuck Berry, and the King of Rock and Roll,
Elvis Presley. It was influenced by swing and jazz. Rock and Roll was probably one of the most
well known types of music because of the invention of the television just a few years earlier. With
the invention of the TV Rock and roll could now reach the homes of thousands.

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From the late fifties to the early sixties this type of Rock and Roll, listened to by kids in
slicked back hair and leather jackets, dominated the charts. This could most be seen in the movie
Back to the Future.In the late sixties however a new type of rock emerged.


Led by four young British men known as Paul, John, George and Ringo this music was
more like the gateway from Elvis Presley to Jimi Hendrix. Known as the Beatles they stole the
hearts of millions of teenage girls with songs such as Michelle and Julia. If you were lucky
enough to have one of those names you were idolized for life.


This new type of Rock and Roll, sometimes referred to as Hippie Music is probably the
most well known because of the unique use of color and face paint which most of the bands more.
Kids wore bell bottoms and guys had long hair. Once again the parents rejected. The kids loved
it. For three days in August of 1969 on a farm in Woodstock, New York, bands and thousands of
kids got together for three days of peace, love and music. The reason for this was to protest the
death of innocent teens being sent off to Vietnam to fight in the war. Bands that headlined this
event were Jefferson Airplane, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.
In the early seventies another type of rock and roll was emerging. With bands such as the
Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath it was sure to draw a crowd. All three of these
leading bands are still around now.


In the late seventies a new band brought back the face paint costumes to the extreme.
This band as Kiss. Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons made up the band
of long haired, make up wearing hooligans. They always loved Rock and Roll and put on great
shows. Although a ticket was sometimes eighty dollars, it was well worth it.
With Kiss and Led Zeppelin on mainstream record labels and sales depleting there were
bound to be more new bands coming out. With groups such as Aerosmith Rock and Roll was
coming back. But some people got tired of the loud guitars and almost beatless music. They
wanted a music they could dance to.


DJs started to play a kind of Rock and Roll at clubs that people could dance to and
called it Disco. Disco brought back the bell bottoms and long hair except this time the costumes
were a little more extreme. With tight spandex clothes, big gold chains and platform shoes it was
bound to happen sooner or later that someone or something would rebel. This group was known
as the generation swine or more often referred to as punks.
The punk movement happened was because a couple of working class kids got tired of
hearing the mainstream Rock and Roll played on all the radio stations. The didnt want to hear
hour long guitar solos. They wanted their music to be short and sweet.
Just like the Beatles a group of four men known as the Sex Pistols led a massive
movement that would not soon be forgotten. With shaggy hair and leather jackets their image
would be imbedded into the minds of thousands of kids and their parents. Just like their parents
parents did to them, they would reject and not let their kids to listen to it. With such bands as
Minor Threat, the Ramones and the Sex Pistols the punk movement was well known. It didnt last
long though and by the early eighties people were trading in their leather jackets and spikes for
leather spandex and lipstick.


This type of music like many others was separated by the clothes people wore and how
they presented themselves. This music is some times referred to as heavy metal although it wasnt
actually heavy metal. It is mostly commonly refereed to as Glam Rock.
Glam rock bands were perhaps the most outrageous because men wore lipstick, women
wore mens clothes and everyone used alot of hairspray to hold their hair up. With such bands as
Warrant, White Snake and Mtley CRE, it had alot of effect on the kids and apparently on the
next group of musicians who rebelled the fashions.
Perhaps one of the most noticed group of anti-glam rock bands in the eighties were Guns
N Roses. Lead singer Axl Rose was immortalized by millions. He has his own statue in Florida
and even had a pair of sneakers made for him by Converse. These were called The Axl
Kickwears and had his name on the tongue of both sneakers.
By the late eighties a two new types of music were emerging out of the working classes
of the United States. These two types of music were Grunge and Rap.


Some people call it grunge, some people call it hard rock, others call it anti-fashion music.
but by 1991 most of the eighties bands were dying and kids were trading in their spandex for
flannel shirts and ripped jeans. Grunge became a part of pop culture. It even made it to the run
ways with models sporting flannel shirts in a little more prestigious way. In an interview with
MTV Courtney Love of her band Hole states I have had this sweater for 7 years. And now that
its on the runway your gonna sell it for $1000?. This shows how much people would pay to be
like one of the rockstars.


The most influential and known group of the grunge movement would have to be Nirvana.
With the band staying the same all through their fame except with a minor drummer change from
Chad Channing to Dave Grohl the were the best. Kurt Cobain was greatly renowned for his
creativity. In their music video Smells like Teen Spirit it opens up with shots of cheerleaders
doing cheers. These cheerleaders arent normal though. They dont have black hair and they
arent anorexic. They have curly black hair and are overweight. Nirvana showed not everyone is
the same and you could be just as great even if you arent a stereotype.


For three and a half years Nirvana kept the spotlight on themselves. With all five of their
albums going mutliplatnum it looked like they would be on top forever. Only something drastic
would be able to change this.In February of 1994, Kurt Cobain (lead singer/guitarist) was said
to be in an irreversible comma. It looked like Nirvanas career was over. But within twenty four
hours Kurt was up chatting with the nurses.


A chronic heroin addict, Kurt Cobain would always shoot up in his house. One day he sat
down shot up and committed suicide by shooting himself with a 13 gauge shotgun blow to the
head. With the break up of Nirvana the drummer went of to the Foo Fighters and the bassist went
to join Sweet 75. Both members now currently play guitar and those bands.


The other great music of the late eighties, early nineties is rap. Rap is a spin off of disco
which was spun off of rock. Rap is a type of music that people can dance to and still have fun
listening to.
Most rap artists take a part of an old song, loop it over and over again and rap over it.
This can most be seen with Puff Daddys song Ill be missing you (which was the Polices Every
Step you take) and his other song off the Godzilla soundtrack witch he got from Led Zeppelins
Kashmier.
The Beasties Boys along with Run DMC are said to be the creators of rap. The Beasties
Boys are still around and one many awards including the 1998 MTV Video Vanguard Award for
life time achievement. Another rap artist who has received this award is LL Cool J.
The world of rap though was built around the urban population and community which
included crime, drugs and unfortunately death. Great rap artists Tupac Shakur and the Notorious
B.I.G. were recently killed.
Most music today, in the late nineties is all revival of old music. We have swing bands
(Brian Setzer Orchestra, Cherry Poppin Daddies), Rockabilly bands (Stray Cats), Punk bands
(NoFX, Screeching Weasel), Ska bands (Less then Jake, Save Ferris), Grunge bands (Pearl Jam),
Glamrock bands (Motley Crue), and Rap bands (Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes). We have bands
that play music that was played back in the forties. I think this shows that now in the nineties we
have a wider range of tastes and a wider range of people. People are living longer and perhaps
this is why music has been lasting longer,
Although music has evolved greatly over the years, it can all be linked to each other.
With every generation comes a new type of music. You might not always like what your parents
like but you have to remember they probably dont like what their parents like. Everyone has
different tastes and every generation have music that present those different tastes.


In the early 50s, at the end of the big band swing era, came a form of music that, like
others, parents would reject and their children would love. This type of music is known as Rock
and Roll.


Rock and Roll is defined as a popular type of music played on electric instruments and
characterized by a strong beat and much repetition. Simply this means music that kids like, music
that parents hate, and in some places banned from schools.


Although there are many different types of Rock and Roll, its true origins came from the
50s with groups such as Dion and the Bellmonts, Chuck Berry, and the King of Rock and Roll,
Elvis Presley. It was influenced by swing and jazz. Rock and Roll was probably one of the most
well known types of music because of the invention of the television just a few years earlier. With
the invention of the TV Rock and roll could now reach the homes of thousands.


From the late fifties to the early sixties this type of Rock and Roll, listened to by kids in
slicked back hair and leather jackets, dominated the charts. This could most be seen in the movie
Back to the Future.In the late sixties however a new type of rock emerged.


Led by four young British men known as Paul, John, George and Ringo this music was
more like the gateway from Elvis Presley to Jimi Hendrix. Known as the Beatles they stole the
hearts of millions of teenage girls with songs such as Michelle and Julia. If you were lucky
enough to have one of those names you were idolized for life.


This new type of Rock and Roll, sometimes referred to as Hippie Music is probably the
most well known because of the unique use of color and face paint which most of the bands more.
Kids wore bell bottoms and guys had long hair. Once again the parents rejected. The kids loved
it. For three days in August of 1969 on a farm in Woodstock, New York, bands and thousands of
kids got together for three days of peace, love and music. The reason for this was to protest the
death of innocent teens being sent off to Vietnam to fight in the war. Bands that headlined this
event were Jefferson Airplane, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.
In the early seventies another type of rock and roll was emerging. With bands such as the
Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath it was sure to draw a crowd. All three of these
leading bands are still around now.


In the late seventies a new band brought back the face paint costumes to the extreme.
This band as Kiss. Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, and Gene Simmons made up the band
of long haired, make up wearing hooligans. They always loved Rock and Roll and put on great
shows. Although a ticket was sometimes eighty dollars, it was well worth it.
With Kiss and Led Zeppelin on mainstream record labels and sales depleting there were
bound to be more new bands coming out. With groups such as Aerosmith Rock and Roll was
coming back. But some people got tired of the loud guitars and almost beatless music. They
wanted a music they could dance to.


DJs started to play a kind of Rock and Roll at clubs that people could dance to and
called it Disco. Disco brought back the bell bottoms and long hair except this time the costumes
were a little more extreme. With tight spandex clothes, big gold chains and platform shoes it was
bound to happen sooner or later that someone or something would rebel. This group was known
as the generation swine or more often referred to as punks.
The punk movement happened was because a couple of working class kids got tired of
hearing the mainstream Rock and Roll played on all the radio stations. The didnt want to hear
hour long guitar solos. They wanted their music to be short and sweet.
Just like the Beatles a group of four men known as the Sex Pistols led a massive
movement that would not soon be forgotten. With shaggy hair and leather jackets their image
would be imbedded into the minds of thousands of kids and their parents. Just like their parents
parents did to them, they would reject and not let their kids to listen to it. With such bands as
Minor Threat, the Ramones and the Sex Pistols the punk movement was well known. It didnt last
long though and by the early eighties people were trading in their leather jackets and spikes for
leather spandex and lipstick.


This type of music like many others was separated by the clothes people wore and how
they presented themselves. This music is some times referred to as heavy metal although it wasnt
actually heavy metal. It is mostly commonly refereed to as Glam Rock.
Glam rock bands were perhaps the most outrageous because men wore lipstick, women
wore mens clothes and everyone used alot of hairspray to hold their hair up. With such bands as
Warrant, White Snake and Mtley CRE, it had alot of effect on the kids and apparently on the
next group of musicians who rebelled the fashions.
Perhaps one of the most noticed group of anti-glam rock bands in the eighties were Guns
N Roses. Lead singer Axl Rose was immortalized by millions. He has his own statue in Florida
and even had a pair of sneakers made for him by Converse. These were called The Axl
Kickwears and had his name on the tongue of both sneakers.
By the late eighties a two new types of music were emerging out of the working classes
of the United States. These two types of music were Grunge and Rap.


Some people call it grunge, some people call it hard rock, others call it anti-fashion music.
but by 1991 most of the eighties bands were dying and kids were trading in their spandex for
flannel shirts and ripped jeans. Grunge became a part of pop culture. It even made it to the run
ways with models sporting flannel shirts in a little more prestigious way. In an interview with
MTV Courtney Love of her band Hole states I have had this sweater for 7 years. And now that
its on the runway your gonna sell it for $1000?. This shows how much people would pay to be
like one of the rockstars.


The most influential and known group of the grunge movement would have to be Nirvana.
With the band staying the same all through their fame except with a minor drummer change from
Chad Channing to Dave Grohl the were the best. Kurt Cobain was greatly renowned for his
creativity. In their music video Smells like Teen Spirit it opens up with shots of cheerleaders
doing cheers. These cheerleaders arent normal though. They dont have black hair and they
arent anorexic. They have curly black hair and are overweight. Nirvana showed not everyone is
the same and you could be just as great even if you arent a stereotype.


For three and a half years Nirvana kept the spotlight on themselves. With all five of their
albums going mutliplatnum it looked like they would be on top forever. Only something drastic
would be able to change this.In February of 1994, Kurt Cobain (lead singer/guitarist) was said
to be in an irreversible comma. It looked like Nirvanas career was over. But within twenty four
hours Kurt was up chatting with the nurses.


A chronic heroin addict, Kurt Cobain would always shoot up in his house. One day he sat
down shot up and committed suicide by shooting himself with a 13 gauge shotgun blow to the
head. With the break up of Nirvana the drummer went of to the Foo Fighters and the bassist went
to join Sweet 75. Both members now currently play guitar and those bands.


The other great music of the late eighties, early nineties is rap. Rap is a spin off of disco
which was spun off of rock. Rap is a type of music that people can dance to and still have fun
listening to.
Most rap artists take a part of an old song, loop it over and over again and rap over it.
This can most be seen with Puff Daddys song Ill be missing you (which was the Polices Every
Step you take) and his other song off the Godzilla soundtrack witch he got from Led Zeppelins
Kashmier.
The Beasties Boys along with Run DMC are said to be the creators of rap. The Beasties
Boys are still around and one many awards including the 1998 MTV Video Vanguard Award for
life time achievement. Another rap artist who has received this award is LL Cool J.
The world of rap though was built around the urban population and community which
included crime, drugs and unfortunately death. Great rap artists Tupac Shakur and the Notorious
B.I.G. were recently killed.
Most music today, in the late nineties is all revival of old music. We have swing bands
(Brian Setzer Orchestra, Cherry Poppin Daddies), Rockabilly bands (Stray Cats), Punk bands
(NoFX, Screeching Weasel), Ska bands (Less then Jake, Save Ferris), Grunge bands (Pearl Jam),
Glamrock bands (Motley Crue), and Rap bands (Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes). We have bands
that play music that was played back in the forties. I think this shows that now in the nineties we
have a wider range of tastes and a wider range of people. People are living longer and perhaps
this is why music has been lasting longer,
Although music has evolved greatly over the years, it can all be linked to each other.
With every generation comes a new type of music. You might not always like what your parents
like but you have to remember they probably dont like what their parents like. Everyone has
different tastes and every generation have music that present those different tastes.

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