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Rock music is loosely defined as a genre of popular music that entered mainstream jargon in the mid 1950s, although its underlying roots are in the 1940s and 1950s rhythm and blues, country music and other influences including folk music, jazz and even classical arrangements. It is a melting pot of many genres and helps to define what music is.
The sound of rock music has certainly evolved over the years but essentially revolves around the electric guitar or acoustic guitar and it utilizes a strong back beat that is laid down by a rhythm section or electric bass, drums and keyboard instrumentation.
It is a type of music that cannot be specifically pinned down, it is an eclectic tangle of musical genres that are all woven together as a simple-yet compelling sound, with dance-oriented rhythms, uncomplicated melodies and lyrics that are usually sympathetic to the teenage and young adult audience. Moreover, there is a kind of tension to the music, between conventional thinking and rebellion, between familiarity and freedom to explore musical boundaries. The musicians and songwriters are able to formulate personal statements from a common commercial language and when it all starts to get too familiar, new innovations are made and new ground is broken. Then the process starts again and new artists and songwriters become the inspiration for those who follow.
Rock has also had a profound influence on society, lifestyles, fashion and attitudes. In fact, rock music may have helped the civil rights movement as it brought both African American teens and white American teens together with various music and dance crazes inherent to both.
We have had our share of major rock influences, from Elvis Presley to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rock music has evolved into so many different sub-genres, from folk rock to hard rock, soft rock to heavy metal, from punk to alternative rock; it will continually be defined by the changes in our society and the musical tastes of the masses.
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