Tuesday, August 7, 2012

From Elvis to Bon Jovi – The Evolution of Rock n’ Roll Music

One of the prevailing genre’s in the music industry is Rock n’ Roll or simply rock music. It has evolved over time but it took a lot of turns along the way before it was widely accepted and we have Elvis Presley and other gifted rockstars and rock bands to thank for that. The term “Rock n’ Roll” may have begun in the Southern United States, where European symphony merged with traditional African American blues with some variations in Jazz and Country music.

Early Developments
In almost all historical data Chuck Berry’s name is credited to be the one who developed the early forms of rock n’ roll. His musical styles became famous just as Elvis Presley was about to start his own career in music, and when he carried Berry’s music over to the next generation it became the pop sensation for almost 3 decades. Elvis’ music became an entirely new genre’ and it took over the world by storm, nearly 1 in 4 people on the planet knows a thing or two about him.

Rockstars and Rock Bands
Later came the British rock band – The Beatles that dominated the 1960’s and while Elvis was a solo act, The Beatles were a lovable group of teenagers namely Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Selling over 500 million copies of their albums both  domestically and overseas, the British rock band even made it to Hollywood and appeared in several movies back in the 1960's and 1970's. Jerry Lee Lewis,The Everly Brothers, Bill Haley & The Comets, Little Richard, Ray Charles,  Mac Curtis, Fats Domino and many others are among the rock bands and rockstars that became famous during the 20th century.

Rock n’ Roll of the 1980’s
The 1980’s looked promising enough for new rock n’ roll music artist to flourish and sure enough many came and made a name for themselves. First on the list is Ozzy Osbourne, an English heavy-metal vocalist who made songs like Dreamer, Bloodbath in Paradise, Crazy Train and Bark at the Moon. He started out with the British rock band Black Sabbath but went on a solo career later on. Another famous solo rockstar is Alice Cooper who brought us songs like Bed of Nails, Ain’t That Just Like a Woman, Cleansed by Fire and No Time for Tears. Then came Guns n’ Roses, Van Halen, Kiss, Poison and The Runways but it wasn’t until Jon Bon Jovi showed up that rock music came back into a full swing once more. Bon Jovi was then declared the “Prince of Rock n’ Roll” and is considered as the new Elvis of the 1980’s; even now 3 decades later he is still very much well known and still gets the higher end of the paycheck compared to other music artists.

Top Bands of the 1990’s and Today’s Rock n’ Roll
The 1990’s saw a decline in Rock n’ Roll music but a few artists like Bon Jovi, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, Rage Against the Machine, The Offspring, Soundgarden, Green Day and Smashing Pumpkins kept the beat alive. Nowadays the music industry has scattered interests among fans, some like pop music, others rap a few still clings onto rock music but the phenomenon that Elvis, The Beatles and Bon Jovi brought will never be the same again. Surviving rock bands today include Linkin Park, Green Day, The Killers, The Offspring and a few others, it may take decades before the genre’ could be revived again.

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