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Rock music is very complex In fact Its stylistic scope is to broad to be encompassed by any single definition Romanowski p1 The nearest definition suggests a kind of music that represents and speaks for the teenage society This music is characterized by using a heavy beat In this essay Im going to divide Rock music into four sections Rock of the 50s of the 60s of the 70s and of the 80s Within these sections Im also going to discuss how the music affected the listeners then and now The first section of this essay is Rock n Roll of the 1950s when Rock n Roll was born It emerged from rhythm and blues a music similar to jazz played by African Americans This kind of music started to attract white teenagers Disc jockey Alan Freed was the one who introduced this music and later gave it the name of Rock n Roll Record companies distributed records played by whites but composed by blacks to be the stars until Bill Haley appeared with his Rock Around the Clock In this decade Elvis Presley introduced a music that was sexual suggestive and outraged adults In time he changed the style of the music by adopting a country western style By the end of this decade and the start of the next Rock n Roll started to decline because it was formula ridden and it was too sentimental Teenage audiences transferred their allegiance to Folk music Upon speaking with Barbara Bennett who was a teenager during the 50s she remembered that her favorite musician was Elvis Presley Barbara grew up in a urban community and feels that it was a major influence on her choice of music She recalled that growing up her parents listened to a varying range of music The most popular was jazz musicians like Billy Holiday and Louie Armstrong When Elvis became popular his pelvic thrusts enraged her parents due
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