Essay on Rock And Roll : A Genre Of Popular Music

1573 Words Jan 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Rock and Roll has changed the world in many different ways, it has inspired people, helped people, enraged people, and brought people to new emotions they have never experienced.
Rock and roll is a genre of popular music that began and changed in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950’s. Rock and Roll came from a combination of African-American genres such as blues, “boogie woogie”, jump blues, jazz, and gospel music, along with Western swing and country music. The exact origin of where Rock and Roll started is still highly debated but it is agreed that it was somewhere in the Southern United States. Though sounds and connects of rock and roll can be heard in blues records from the 1920s and in country records of the 1930s, the genre did not really get its official name until the 1950s.
In the 1930s jazz, and especially swing, both in city based dance bands and blues influenced country swing, was one of the first types of music to present a African American sound for a majority white audience. The 1940s saw the increased use of loud horns, like saxophones, shouted lyrics, dancing beats in jazz music. During and right after World War II, with shortages of fuel and limitations on audiences and available people, large jazz bands were less realistic and was often replaced by smaller bands, using guitars, bass and drums. In the same period, mostly on the West Coast and in the Midwest, the creation and establishment of jump blues, with its guitar riffs,…

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