Preservers of the term "rock 'n' roll," either as an umbrella term or as a touchstone of "real" music amid the onslaught of bogus space invaders, had to deal with the fact that, for a new generation, it was becoming irrelevant.
"Rock 'n' roll" was an ill-conceived term from the start, lifted out of the church and the bawdy house and onto the airwaves to name a postwar dance-music trend.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact rock has made on our world.
“Roll” is derived from the Latin rotula meaning, “small wheel.” The phrase “rocking and rolling,” a metaphor used by seamen to describe the motion of a ship, dates from the 17th century.
“Rock” is derived from the Old English roccain, related to the Old Nordic rykkja meaning, “to pull, tear, move.”
In its purest form, Rock & Roll has three chords, a strong, insistent back beat, and a catchy melody.
Elvis Presley is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll.
By the early ‘60s, Berry’s followers, most notably the Rolling Stones, expanded rock’s scope by transitioning from singles artists into musicians capable of producing cohesive albums of songs.
But while people may quibble over specifics, rock music can generally be described as hard-edged music performed with electric guitars, bass, and drums and usually accompanied by lyrics sung by a vocalist.
In the history or rock music there have been many icons. Among the earliest rock stars are names like Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard.
Most historians trace the beginning rock back to the year 1954, when a new type of music, then called Rock and Roll, appeared and revolutionized musical tastes, at least among young people, and pretty much changed the world.
The music was shaped—and continues to be molded and transformed—by countless regular people, some doing what they love, others seeking refuge from what they hate, some hoping to change the world, and still others resisting what they fear.