American rock and roll has already started even before hearing the popular and familiar rock and roll music heard these days and sung by many rock and roll stars of today. It started from variations of different music kinds like folk, jazz, country, gospel, classical, and other kinds that were molded together and given a music charge that can electrify a given audience. It was the kind of music started by the early African Americans, expressing their enduring hardships and transforming it only into music and this is already their kind of personal and emotional release. It is a kind of music that started from the sounds of the Blues and the soulful sounds of Gospel, mixed with other kinds and given an electrifying charge.
The 50s was thought to be the decade that American rock and roll started where before, almost all people were hearing music that the youth of those days thought were boring. When the rock and roll beat was heard from the radios, they must have seemed this as an expression of their rebel ways to go against the normal and the standards in those days. When some radio stations started playing rock and roll music in those early days, the white American youth started catching up and the music was no longer the kind of music played by the African Americans but already with the White youths as well.
While parents in the 50s and earlier were listening to the contemporary music kinds that were the standard in those days, the youths started listening to the new beat they find more to their interests. The youth then find the beat more fun and started twisting and their dance moves included thrusting and grinding, much to the horror of their parents. This was the start of the identity of the youth which was very different to the adults then, and it was a phenomenon that started and is still present these days.
When Elvis Presley, widely acknowledged as the “King of Rock and Roll” started playing his music, many parents were horrified and there were even talks that
television shows featuring him singing, did not show the lower part of his body and his gyrating hips. However, this did not stop the popularity of Elvis Presley and his rock and roll music. His popularity grew to enormous leaps and so thus the entry of many White performers doing their own kinds of rock and roll music. With the guitar central to all of Elvis’s music you have to wonder what would he think of the new iphone applications that allow anyone to play rock on the go. When I was in Los Angeles a web design company had showed me several ipad and android applications for music making.
Because of the rebellious form of expression that the youth projected in the rock and roll music they were hearing, the churches in many places named the music one of the devil’s, and even called it Satan’s music. However, this did not stop the ever growing popularity of rock and roll music and even evolved to the kind of rock music that is heard by the youths of these days. This has only shown that banning the kind of music played in radio stations and many schools then did not stop the spread and growth in popularity of rock and roll, and has even grown to so much popularity these days.