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On the History of Rock Music

Yvetta Kajanová

On the History of Rock Music follows the development of rock music from its origins up to the present time. It focuses on the relationship between the sound, improvisations and rhythms in particular styles, and gives specific attention to the development of rhythm. The beat-offbeat principle, polyrhythms and polymetrics are fundamental to rock rhythm patterns, which serve as archetypes for specific rhythms. An archetype is a prototype, a model, or an innate experience of a species. Using more than 250 score examples, the author identifies the characteristic rhythmic patterns in rock styles, ranging from rock and roll, hard rock and punk rock to alternative rock, indie rock and grind core.
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Punk Rock

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originated as a reaction to the increasing sophistication of art rock. Punk rock musicians, in their musical thinking and expressions, emphasized simplicity, whilst bringing anger, rebellion and provocation into rock music. The style returned to the original ideals of the beat generation and the rockers of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Punk rock musicians spoke about “stamping out” hippy ideals. Punk rock was not only a music style, but also a strong alternative movement of the “blank generation” which emphasized clutter, chaos and anarchy in society. Their social attitude was demonstrated in the 1976 Sex Pistols’ song “Anarchy in the U. K.” the lyrics of which start with: “I am an anti-Christ/I am an anarchist/don’t know what I want/but I know how to get it/ I wanna destroy the passer by/‘cos I wanna be anarchy…”43 Punk rock used new provocative symbols such as short dyed hair, the safety pin, the razor blade, ragged jeans and sneakers. Behind punk rock and its public face was Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols’ manager and boutique owner who, in order to attract young people and teenagers, kept changing his boutique’s name from “King’s Road Boutique” to “Let It Rock”, “Too Fast to Live” and “Too Young to Die”. Mc Laren was interested in Dada art, and he created the Sex Pistols’ image and costumes. In punk rock bands, for the first time in the history of this genre, there was a place for female musicians; the singer Nico and the drummer...

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