Rock And Roll's Impact On Society

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A Perspective of Rock and Roll’s Impact on Society
“Rock and roll keeps you in a constant state of juvenile delinquency,” stated Eddie Spaghetti; this quote captures the essence of Rock and Roll. It speaks its truth about the influence on attitudes towards authority and implies how society reacted to the new revolution created by Rock and Roll, transforming the world into what it has become today. The music of rock and roll influenced the social and cultural beliefs of youth and threatened the traditional values of society.
The music and culture from late 1930s through 1940s began the influence of rock music before it was even called rock and roll. The 1930s saw natural disasters as well as man made ones. For most of the decade, folks in the
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Rockabilly was a popular style of rock during the 1950s. In the 50s, the rock and roll sound and style had challenged cultural authority (America's Music). Rockabilly has its roots in country, blues, and swing, essentially all the genres popular before rock. Country music has always been closely associated with blues, especially during the 1950s (The history of Rock n’ Roll Origin). At first the term “rockabilly” was viewed as a derogatory term, however it began to gain respect throughout the 1950’s (The history of Rock n’ Roll Origin). Rockabilly would later go on to influence the surf rockers of the 1960’s (The history of Rock n’ Roll …show more content…
Rockstars had always tended to have a more chaotic lifestyle, even in the 1950s, but was largely unknown to the public until the 1960s (The history of Rock n’ Roll Origin). It was then, due partly to the growing press surrounding rock music that musicians’ drug and alcohol use became known (The history of Rock n’ Roll Origin). Researchers found that between 1956 and 2005, 100 pop music stars had died. Their average age was 42 for North American stars and 35 for European stars. More than one in four died from long-term drug or alcohol problems, the researchers stated (The history of Rock n’ Roll Origin). As the stars' lifestyles became more public, the popularity and promotion of recreational drug use by musicians may have influenced use of drugs and the perception of acceptability of drug use among the youth of the period. (The history of Rock n’ Roll Origin). In the late 1960s the Beatles, who had previously been marketed as clean-cut youths, started publicly acknowledging using LSD (The history of Rock n’ Roll Origin). Not only the media, but also the rock stars themselves would admit to their heavy drug use. As a consequence, the fans of the rockers began experimenting with drugs, influencing them to want to follow in their footsteps. Many rock musicians, including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Eric

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