Rock Music Influence On African American Culture

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Music is a significant component of the American culture. It has the varying ability to reach people in multiple ways such as relaxation, mood boosting, emotional release, unification, and increase in concentration to name a few. Music genres seem to be increasing rapidly over the years and change around remarkably in their popularity. Four genres that come to mind for high popularity are rock, hip hop/ rap, pop, and country. What is called rock music of today originated from the 1950’s rock and roll period. In that generation listening to rock music was a way to be defiant of their parents’ big band music and prove young independence. It became one of the first genres to be a combination of other music forms of country, rhythm and blues,…show more content…
DJ’s would play popular music with jazz and soul beat taking the percussion break of the song and extending it out. This continued to evolve into a beat mix and match sound that could be rapped over. Disco instrumental sections of music were also used for the hip hop beat. In the 1980’s rap began to take on a more sophisticated and complex style. A new generation of drum machines emerged replacing the use of tape loops to get the layered effects with influence of rock music. Hip hop/ rap became part of mainstream music in 1986 when it became commercially successful. The art of the music has continued to evolve with a diversification of styles such as gangster, rap metal, jazz rap, and neo…show more content…
The early recordings featured a fiddle and a guitar for lead instruments, with the rhythm coming from a banjo and harmonica, and either a single vocalist or tight harmony. Country music’s spread was attributed to the’ Grand Ole Opry’ that started in 1925. In the 1940’s a honky-tonk style of county emerged, adding the steel guitar and mandolin. Country music began its commercialization in the late 1940’s and growing stronger into the 1960’s. In the 1970’s came the change of the traditional guitars to electric guitars, making it more acceptable to the urban audiences. Country music today continues to retain its character and unmistakable style. Nashville remains the commercial hub where people ‘attempt to go make it big’ in the country music
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