Rock And Roll Music Analysis

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The history of Rock and Roll has a vast library of artists whose songs provide discussion on how the music impacted society as well as the ever-changing artistry of the music. While the artist and songs compiled for study are author selected, excluded artists with contributions to the history would be lacking. Not including those who brought direction to the evolution of music music as we know it today, leaves me looking for more. Music preferences are one of the things that contribute to one’s own personal style. Personally, in this course I found one missing artist which stands out among others. Don McLean, who has contributed to the history of Folk-Rock in his composition of several iconic songs. Songs which have had an impact on Rock and Roll, such as his “American Pie” hit. An iconic song, that is known to most music enthusiasts with the lyrics that have been debated among listeners for forty-five years.
McLean was born in 1945 and was immersed in multiple genres of music by the time he was 5 years old using his father’s record collection, and a radio as his playground. When he was a teenager, he used a variety of breathing exercises to enable him to sing long phrases which also helped him control his asthma. In 1963 he met Jim Croce and started as an apprentice, playing in small clubs for 6
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She discusses other Folk musicians such as Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others whose work are not as iconic as that of McLean’s. A recording that was voted as #5 in a “poll of the 365 “Songs of the Century” compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts” (MCLEAN). Not recognizing McLean’s accomplishments as an artist in Charlton’s textbook seems to be a huge oversight when reviewing the impact, he had with this hit single on its

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