A Brief History of Music Part 2 Rock music is another one I’d like to explain, because mostly when people want to be musicians they either want to be Pop or Rock. You’ll very rarely get someone wanting to travel the world with an orchestra, it just sort of happens that way. However, rock is an interesting one, and though R’n’B is probably just as complicated really, rock has a lot more subgenres that can be explained, and it also has much less of a definite “beginning”. However, let’s give it a shot.
Rock has been said to be a mix of Country and Blues, however looking at it now I’m sure very few people can see any resemblance, and what was called rock back in the day would be disregarded as Country or Blues now. The beginning of rock is perhaps not as important to the genre as it is to Soul or R’n’B, what’s more important is the huge array of subgenres that have come from it, each with its own reasons for coming into being. You have to realise that most forms of Rock came out of a need for change, even if it needed to change or breakaway from itself. So I’m not going to go through all the genres but I just want to outline how a few of them are important.
Psychadelic Rock in the 60’s was pretty important to a lot of the anti-war movement going on at the time. I mean, we all think of hippies and stuff listening to that sort of music, and to be honest, most of it was made in an attempt to try and musically show how drugs felt, however this was an important genre for the maturing of Rock in that the use of sound effects and recording processes became something often used by musicians after that.
Progressive Rock was what happened when rock musicians became classically trained. Prog Rock brought an element of technicality to Rock and tried to bring its reputation up. Rock was no longer about just revolution and emotion, but also about technicality, composition and being really bloody awesome at what you did. So what Prog tried to do was create huge epic albums that had one huge theme, albums like Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. Prog was important not only in the building of the technical side of Rock, but also in the reputation to those in higher classes and the overall popularity. It was not simply “mindless noise”, it was finally something that many more people could listen to
Punk Rock came into being mainly because the punk rock bands saw the musicians playing the mainstream rock as being excessive. This basically means that they thought they were getting a bit too over the top with things like solos, and those who didn’t have enough technical skill were doing endless solos that just went nowhere, so what Punk Rock aimed to do was to drag Rock through the mud for its own good. And that’s what it did. Punk rock is just the stripped down form of everything that had happened up until then. It took away all the technicality and the sentimentality and told everyone to start over. This was very important because it was almost necessary to start Rock over from a new place and Punk Rock gave us this place
Heavy metal originally started with bands like Deep Purple, which many kids nowadays that don’t really know about the history of rock would say are anything but heavy metal. What we see as heavy metal no, with the screaming and the noise, is generally thrash, but is also an evolved form of what bands were doing back when Metal started, with influences from Punk and less influences from Blues. Like I said about how rock back when it started would be disregarded as Country or Blues now, Metal back then might be called Rock by some people now. So, heavy metal music evolved a bit out of psychedelic rock, it aimed to use a lot of the sound effects pioneered by psychedelic rockers, but not to show the effect of drugs, rather to give dramatic effect to songs.
Now a lot of these genres will still be alive today. We know that bands like Greenday are still accepted, as well as new forms of Heavy metal bands and Prog bands, many of which I quite enjoy. What I’m trying to give you with this background is the idea that all kinds of music are tied together. Original heavy metal had blues influences, Prog Rock has classical influences, etcetera. So even if you’re a Pop singer or a Thrash Metal band, don’t’ be afraid to borrow pits and pieces from anything that you find interesting. Music genres are constantly changing and that is a good thing.
Anyway, I don’t have any plans on hat to write for you guys next week so if you wanted any other genres explained just mail in and I’ll research them up, otherwise I’ll probably just talk to you a bit about some technical stuff. So I hope to hear from you and have a good week.
--New Kid On The Block