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Rock Music as a Performing Art Introduction Rock and Roll Rock n Roll also called rock is a form of popular music usually featuring vocals often with harmony electric guitars a strong back beat other instruments such as the saxophone are common in some styles It has been credited with ending wars and spreading peace and tolerance as well as corrupting the innocent and spreading moral riots Rock has become popular across the globe far from its birthplace in the United States and evolved into many varying styles History or Rock and Roll Rock and roll emerged as a defined musical style in America in the 1950s though elements of rock and roll can be seen in rhythm and blues records as far back as the 1920s Early rock and roll combined elements of blues boogie woogie jazz and rhythm and blues and is also influenced by traditional Appalachian folk music gospel and country and western Going back even further rock and roll can be traced to the old Five Points district of mid-19th century New York City the scene of the first fusion of heavily rhythmic African shuffles and sand dances with melody driven European genres particularly the Irish jig Rocking was a term first used by gospel singers in the American South to mean something similar to spiritual rapture By the 1940s however the term was used as a double entendre referring to dancing but with the hidden meaning of sex An example of this is Roy Browns Good Rocking Tonight which was a song relegated to race music the music industry code name for rhythm and blues outlets and were barely known by mainstream white audiences In 1951 in Cleveland Ohio a disc jockey named Alan Freed would begin playing this type of music for his white audience and it is Freed who is credited with coining the phrase rock and roll to describe the rollicking RB music that he
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