The Origins Of Rock And Roll

1090 WordsOct 16, 20165 Pages
“African Americans invented Rock and Roll, without their musical contributions we would not have the genre.” As an eager, attentive History 105 student I have had to opportunity to learn a great deal about the origins of the genre of Rock and Roll. The origin, even though many historians have attempted to determine exactly where it came from, is still unknown. Rock and Roll is a blend of Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Hillbilly, Rhythm and Blues and many more types of music. Throughout this essay I will try and determine if the statement first mentioned is an accurate statement, and why or why not? I am going to start off by talking about some of the genres Rock and Roll originated from. First I will talk about Blues. The Deep South in the 1920s and 1930s was the birthplace of the Blues. The Blues spoke to African Americans about the challenges they faced and how others had it worse. It flourished under the horrible circumstances of the African Americans of this time. The Blues have some very iconic African Americans who helped mold this genre and eventually Rock and Roll, for example: the Father of the Delta Blues, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters Jazz music like the Blues came from American and only America. It has been said to be the most American music. Originated in New Orleans in the early 20th century, Jazz really took off after the first world war. Jazz was very important because it had a lot more cross over than Blues. It helped break down the racial

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