Rock And Roll Term Paper

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Rock And Roll


"America. betaking herself to formative action(as it is about time for more solid
achievement, and less windy promise), must , for her purpose, cease to recognize a theory
of character grown of feudal aristocracies, or form'd by merely literary standards, or
from any ultramarine, full-dress formulas of culture. polish, caste, &c., enough, and must
sternly promulgate her new standard, yet old enough, and accepting the old, the perennial
elements, and combining them into groups, unities, appropriate to the modern, the
democratic, the west, and to the practical occasions and needs of our own cities, and of
the agricultural regions."1 Walt Whitman wrote this poem back in 1855. A hundred years
before rock and roll was invented, people like Walt Whitman could sense that a change
needed to happen in America. In the 1880's, the Robber Barons had a dramatic impact on
America. Some of them, such as Andrew Carnegie showed that people could rise from rags to
riches. The 1920's were called the Roaring 20's, partly because people were carefree and
willing to have fun. Jazz became the dominant form of music. Finally along comes the
1950's. America has gotten out of WW2 and is now ready for a new evolution. People are
feeling how they did back in the 20's; carefree and willing to do anything for fun. On
March 5, 1951, a rhythm-and-blues band, Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, recorded
"Rocket 88", a frenetic, toe-tapping tribute to a customized car.2 This was the birth of
Rock and Roll. The music didn't catch on until 1955 though, when Bill Haley produced "Rock
Around the Clock". The song soared up the pop charts, and became the first rock and roll
song to ever-hit number 1. From the music of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, to Little
Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, no other style of music has so greatly impacted the lifestyle
of the American people.

Elvis Presley was the most recognized and the most influential rock and roll artist that
ever lived. In 1956, Elvis made his way into the national spotlight with his single
"Heartbreak Hotel". He set in stone the image and sound of rock and roll that would endure
as long as the music lived.3 With the swivel of his hips, the slur of his voice, and the
curl of his lip, he evoked the force and feeling of youth and sex and the rebellion that
would become the image of rock and roll. He also stamped rock in as both the sound of the
emerging teen culture that became the dominant social force of his time and as an original
American musical form.4 During Elvis's 21-year career, he became the biggest-selling
recording artist in the history of music. He had 67 top 20 hits on single charts along
with many more on the top 100. Also, he had 38 top 20 albums, with again many more on the
top 100. Elvis, by the time he died, had sold millions and millions of records.

Presley embodied the sense of reckless abandonment that would underlie the performances of
most rockers who followed. Using and acoustic guitar more as a prop than as an instrument,
he swung his hips violently, shouted his vocals, and shook his head from side to side.5
Elvis's style was one that had never been seen before. His antic created much controversy
from the quiescent Eisenhower era. When Presley appeared on Ed Sullivan's TV program in
1956, the show's host ordered his cameraman to focus on Presley's face to avoid displaying
his gyrations to the national audience.6 Elvis was an unstoppable force who served to
reshape the pop mainstream, and who almost single-handedly redefined what it ment to be an
American Visionary, and American artist, in a fierce new time. No other modern legend was
to be so widely damned at first as a threat or joke, only to later be understood as one of
our purest, most commonly acclaimed heroes.7

"While Elvis Presley will forever be the symbol of the rock idol, it is Chuck Berry who
defined the music as a creative form. Musically speaking, he is the Rock upon which rock
and roll rests."8 Berry's first attempt at recording for Chess Records was "Maybellene," a
loud, jangling remake of Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas's country hit, "Ida Red." Within four weeks
of its release, "Maybellene" had reached the top of the rhythm-and-blues charts. The song
became so widely accepted and popular that it crossed over to the Billboard pop single
chart. Berry's stage act was just as unusual as his songs were. He appeared comically
attentive. His jet black hair was slicked back and immaculately groomed, his shirts were
ruffled, and his tuxedo coats were brightly colored and often covered in sequins.9
Onstage, his guitar at his hip, hopping about on one leg in what came to be known as his
"duckwalk," Berry also changed the role of the rock guitarist from sideman to star.10 In
1957, Berry released "School Day." He dared to say what every teenager in America had
already known: high school was boring and oppressive, and it was at its best when it was
three o'clock. Berry was in his late 20's when "School Day" was released, but more than
any other composer of his time, he had found a voice for the desires and emotions of
teenage listeners.11

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