The history of Rock

Sergio Andrés Bedoya G.

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TIMELINE

  • THE 1950'S - THE BIRTH OF ROCK AND ROLL

  • The 1960's - Expanding The Boundaries of Rock

  • The 1970's - Rock Becomes Big Business

  • The 1980's - The Influence of TV and Technology

  • The 1990's - The Internet and Digital Music

The 1950's - The Birth of Rock and Roll

Rock & Roll music is born in the 1950's from a fusion of electric blues, country and gospel music. Confined to the Rhythm & Blues charts early in the decade, rock crosses over to the Pop charts from 1955 onward. Electric Blues, R&B, Doo Wop, Rockabilly...

Left to Right: '50's rock n' roll pioneers The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

The 1960's - Expanding The Boundaries of Rock

In the sixties rock music comes of age and dominates the popular music charts. Rock diversifies with new styles such as soul, surf, folk rock, the British Invasion, psychedelic and hard rock. Television becomes a factor as prime time variety shows feature rock... 

Left to Right: '60's rock icons The Supremes, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison of The Doors.

The 1970's - Rock Becomes Big Business

The early seventies are marked by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Pyschedelic music declines, but morphs into hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal. Touring bands move from playing clubs and theaters, to playing sports arenas...

Left to Right: '70's rock - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Saturday Night Fever, Bruce Springsteen, and The Sex Pistols.

The 1980's - The Influence of TV and Technology

MTV (Music Television) is launched on 300 cable TV systems in 1981. By 1983 MTV is available on 2,000 cable systems. The prevalance of music videos as a 24/7 marketing tool is influential in bringing numerous new bands and music styles to the mainstream...

Left to Right: '80's rock stars - Bono of U2, Michael Jackson, Run DMC, Madonna, and Prince.

The 1990's - The Internet and Digital Music

The internet and sound compression allow for digital distribution of music both legally and through peer to peer file sharing, threatening the dominance of major record labels. Hip hop, alternative rock, and jam bands no longer play by record label rules...

Left to Right: '90's stars - Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Whitney Houston, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Beck, R.E.M. and Britney Spears.

The history of Rock

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