Rock and Roll
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is an adaptation of 12-bar blues. The typical feature of rock and roll is the change from the relaxing rhythm of blues into a strong 4-beat pattern.
rhythm of blues
rhythm of rock and roll
Initially, this new genre was called rock and roll, beat, or rock. The term “rock” conveyed new symbolism for sex, noisy entertainment, or preference for a certain genre. The word appeared in the late 1940s in the songs “Rock Me All Night Long” (The Ravens, 1952), “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (Roy Brown, 1947), “All She Wants To Do Is Rock” (Wynonie Harris, 1949), and “Rockin’ with Red” (Piano Red, 1950).
Rock and roll was the first dance adaptation of rock, its elements being musically rendered by rhythm and blues groups and vocal ensembles in the USA. They usually blended rhythm and blues with country and western and the popular music of the time. Beat, or the beat generation, was the name applied to the British scene in the early 1960s. “Ye-ye groups” was a derisive French name for the lighter polyphonic tunes in the Beatles songs and those of other British groups. In Czechoslovakia, the term “guitar groups” was used. Later “bigbít” came into use as a specific terminology in Central Europe. In the second half of the 1960s, the term “rock” prevailed. Theoreticians originally assumed that the general direction of rock music lead either to hard rock, or melodic, soft rock as...
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