Historic Facts


Rock music has quite a long history that dates back to the early 1940’s. It was during this time that the American Pop Charts were dominated by big bands, vocalists, disc jockeys, and more. Rock music has a complex history as it was created and borrowed from other music genres and cultural forms. Here a just a few great details you may be interested in learning about rock music that made history:

* Rock and Roll originated in the 1940’s.

* In the 1960’s people called Rock and Roll “Classic Rock or Golden Age.” This was the same time that rock music was an influence on social and cultural movements. In the late 60’s Christian Rock emerged.

* In 1964 Psychedelic rock originated. An example of this music was the Beatles 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. After this in the late 1960’s Jazz Rock originated.

* In the 1970’s Punk Rock originated. Punk Rock developed between the years of 1974 and 1976 in both the US and UK. Rock music became associated with political activism during this time. In the late 70’s was when Soft rock, Hard rock and early Heavy Metal emerged. It was in the mid to late 70’s that the American working-class people oriented Heartland Rock. This was a mixture of folk, country and rock and roll music.

* The cultural origins of Rock music came from the United States and the United Kingdom.

* New Wave Rock was born in the 1980’s. This was the time of faster and more aggressive styles such as hardcore rock.

* Alternative Rock was born in the 1990’s. This was the time Britpop emerged. Also Pop Punk came at this time. In the late 90’s Alternative metal, rap rock and nu metal began reaching their peaks.

* Post-hardcore and emo developed in the States in the early to mid-1980 and is still going strong today.

* Digital electronic rock created by using advanced computer technology and music software began in the early 2000’s.

* International rock culture led to being a major source of cinema and fashion influence. Rock music has also been associated with drug use like LSD, mescaline, hashish and other hallucinogenic drugs linked with psychedelic rock.

* Changing attitudes to race has credited Rock music like the opening up African-American culture to white audiences. Uncommon in rock genres such as heavy metal are the professional women instrumentalists.

* The amplified electric guitar is what led rock music to becoming so popular.

* Rock and roll was the major force in most American record sales.

* Rock music today is admired all across the globe.