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Seventies and Eighties Rock Music The term rock music has long been a subject of debate With such a broad variety of artists under that genre it is difficult to give rock a definition Rock music today is the result of almost 60 years of popular music development a descendant of 1950s rock n roll Originating in the mid-50s from Afro-American Rhythm and Blues music artists such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard paved the way for white rock music and the likes of Elvis Presley Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison This group of artists became the first generation or wave of rock music and from the word go launched the genre headlong into controversy The next generation came in the shape of a British invasion of rock bands1 followed by new American artists as Bob Dylan and The Monkees Rock n roll in the early 60s gave way to rock which was deemed not only a style of music but a way of life This way of life was exhibited with enthusiasm by bands and artists throughout the decade leading to the aptly named unholy trinity sex drugs and rock n roll Together with the likes of Cream Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles these bands became the predecessors and in many cases major influences for the further two generations of rock artists By the seventies the very different brands of rock music were becoming apparent These included Art Rock Glam Rock Pop Rock Punk Rock and Hard Rock Art Rock Pink Floyd Genesis Glam Rock Marc Bolan Kiss David Bowie Queen Pop Rock Billy Joel Fleetwood Mac Boston Punk Rock Sex Pistols the Clash Hard Rock Led Zeppelin Deep Purple The fourth generation brought with it a host of Heavy Metal bands such as Metallica Van Halen and Guns n Roses as well as many bands still surviving from the previous decade These bands profited from the growing interest
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