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Sex drugs and rock and roll was the rallying cry for a movement that changed American culture forever Rock androll first startled the American scene in the mid-1950s but no one then could have predicted the remarkable vitality and stayingpower of this new music The early tradition of rock has gone through many transitions Provocative and outlandish stage attireand behavior have been an important resource since the birth of rock and roll Decades following the birth of rock and roll manyhave witnessed a steady ever changing parade of hair styles costumes gestures and props As the level of tolerance andacceptance grew rock stars adopted more bizarre and shocking images It is in this context that punk rock seen by some asa startling new direction in the late 1970s must be considered Rock music achieved a new respectability and power at thesame time Ward Stokes Tucker Rock of Ages 547 Punk was rocks most notable attempt in the late 1970s to inject angryrebellious risk taking notations into the music The musical style called punk rock developed in the United States out of raw and energetic music played by thegarage bands of the mid-sixties These bands were mainly teenagers playing basic guitar chords and failing away at drums andcymbals in their own garages This resulted in sounds that were rough raw and musically undisciplined which expressed theirinterests and brought music to their level Charlton Rock Music 204 Given that the greatest garage bands could barley playwe may assume not only that virtuosity has nothing to do the form but also that the Utopian dream of every man and artist cancome true right here in our suburban land of opportunity-- the ultimate proof that rock and roll is the most democratic andall-American of art forms Miller History of Rock Roll 261 While teenage garage bands were becoming a hit and making it onto the pop charts slightly older artistically trainedbut jagged musicians were writing poetry and singing
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