The History of Rock Part One

The History of Rock Part One


I love all kinds of music but my first love, and the genre that inspired my desire to drum, is rock music!  I love all kinds of rock music, from the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s to the classic rock of the 1970s to the alternative indie and grunge music of the 1990s. So I thought I would share with you my brief take on the history of rock music.


The 1950s: this was an era initially dominated by rhythm and blues but from a three-way marriage between country, electric blues and gospel music was born rock and roll. In the early 1950s the solid body electric guitar became widely available and both blues and pop bands started using it, which led to a more rock and roll sound.  After increasing popularity throughout the 50s, rock and roll finally achieved its first chart topping single, in the form of Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets.


The 1960s: rock music began to dominate the charts during the swinging sixties and with it came a huge variation in styles, including surf rock, hard rock, the British Invasion and psychedelic rock. Song writing moved away from love and romance towards social issues and political statements. The Beatles and Elvis dominated the 60s music charts and the trend towards all things hippy led to the first ever music festivals which started growing in popularity during the late 60s.


The 1970s: Perhaps my favorite decade for rock music and the provider of many guilty pleasures, the 1970s brought a style of classic rock that filled stadiums, burst eardrums and inspired many an air guitar session!  Psychedelic rock declined during the 70s and new styles of rock, such as soft rock and glam rock, grew in popularity.  Punk rock, inspired by the garage rock of the 60s formed during the 1970s, mostly in protest of the trend for stadium rock and as a vehicle for social and political dissatisfaction.


I’ll be back soon with part two of my History of Rock. See you then.