British Invasion

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Mike Clement MUS 245 21 March 2011 The British Invasion The British Music Invasion was one of the most influential time periods for the development and maturation of a new variation of rock and roll. This innovating movement was initially inspired by some of America’s greatest rock and blues musicians including: Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, and so on. The establishment of the British music scene absorbed and completely reconfigured the traditional instruments, established music forms, and the same overused lyrics that once belonged to rock and roll. Two different schools with two different sounds categorize this great time of influence, now known as the British Invasion. Even though both…show more content…
Moreover, the band, The Searchers, who sang “Love Potion NO. Nine”, and “Needles and Pins” demonstrated their Beatle-inspired, softer style of music that held the same standard of sophistication. Subsequently, the London school responded to Liverpool’s revolutionary rock sound with its own modification of rock and roll generated from influential, American rhythm and blues bands with a more basic, raw demeanor. The newer London school was accompanied by a newer sound that is most often described as a combination of jazz and R&B-oriented mainstream rock. With the debut of the Liverpool British Invasion bands, newer bands from London had more creative freedom and were challenged by overcoming the previous British bands’ successes. As the styles of each school developed, the variation between the two groups also widened. The second-wave of British Invasion bands personified a harder, more aggressive sounding rock and placed a heavy emphasis on rebellious behavior. With the intention of creating more blues-based rock and roll, this second school deconstructed the stylistic complexities that they once sought after. It is important to note that the Beatle’s strong American following made it difficult for bands to compete within the same realm of music (Stuessy, 125). The Beatle’s limitless innovation seemed impossible to surpass, ultimately inspiring
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