British Invasion Essay

1118 Words Mar 17th, 2012 5 Pages
Mike Clement
MUS 245
21 March 2011
The British Invasion The British Music Invasion was one of the most influential time periods for the development and maturation of a new variation of rock and roll. This innovating movement was initially inspired by some of America’s greatest rock and blues musicians including: Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, and so on. The establishment of the British music scene absorbed and completely reconfigured the traditional instruments, established music forms, and the same overused lyrics that once belonged to rock and roll. Two different schools with two different sounds categorize this great time of influence, now known as the British Invasion. Even though both
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The depressed state of the country clearly defined and divided social classes. Much like the originators of skiffle had to deal with racism, the working-class British musicians endured class discrimination first hand. These similarities helped form a kinship or appreciation for American blues music that without question influenced the working-class nature of early rock and roll. The Liverpool sound embodies a direct imitation of “American rockabilly structures, instruments, and vocal styles [and incorporates] a more thorough integration and modification of skiffle-based styles (Perone).” The complex combination of this softer, more refined rock helped pave the way for the second school of the British Invasion. Among the Liverpool bands, the Beatles were one of the most influential bands that pioneered new variations of rock and roll that catapulted them to the frontlines of the British Invasion. The Beatles sophisticated sound developed the precedents for a variation of rock and roll that pushed the boundaries of traditional style and established new norms that enticed bands to try and replicate their sound. The Beatle’s song “I Want To Hold Your Hand” characterizes this school best because it was the Beatle’s first number one hit in America, which then triggered “Beatlemania,” the jumping-off point for the British

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