Rock And Roll In American Culture
Rock and Roll began with jazz, blues, folk, and gospel, and from there, it has morphed into the almost all-encompassing classification that we label the genre today. Throughout the history of Rock and Roll music, it has been an example of evolution, not just in the music industry, but in American culture. The history of Rock and Roll is intertwined with our nation’s history, oftentimes being a catalyst for our country's progress. Today, Rock and Roll exists as a beautiful collection of sounds and styles, much of which can be traced back to women who chose to stand out from the crowd. Billie Holiday, one of the earliest influences in Rock and Roll, helped lay the foundation for this musical genre. Holiday, a woman well beyond her time, released “You Let Me Down” in 1935, a fitting anthem for women of Rock and Roll:
You told me that I was like an angel
Told me I was fit to wear a crowd
So that you could get a thrill
You put me on a pedestal
And then you let me down, let me down.
Billie Holiday's voice, raspy, strong, and gutsy, mirrored the messages that she sang. Holiday's revolutionary sound and style, set the stage for artists to follow. Rock and Roll is filled with the vast and eclectic voices of many artists, however the voices that I am particularly drawn to are the women’s. The women of Rock and Roll have fought hard to carve a place for themselves, not just in Rock and Roll, but in the souls of America; with their deep love of music, second only to their love…