Great Rock Musicians: Their Achievements And Effect On Rock And Roll

The blues are undeniably the roots of early rock and roll. Rock today
has mutated so much that the basic blues patterns have been all but lost.
The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the birth of, and evolution of rock
and roll by focusing on three of the arguably greatest rock musicians of the
sixties and seventies.
The origin of the blues can be traced to the emancipation of the slaves
in the rural black areas of the south, where most of the people worked on share-
cropping farms. Musically the blues are defined as a 12-bar chord progression,
harmonized with the corresponding scales and patterns. The chord progression
pattern is four measures of tonic chords followed by two ...

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The Blues became more main stream and popular in the 1920's
because of the recording industry coming into existence. More instruments were
added such as pianos, organs, and wind instruments.
Big Band and Rhythm and Blues stemmed from City Blues.
Rock and Roll then stemmed from Rhythm and Blues, in fact, many of the
first recorded "Rock" songs where simply white musicians re-recording Rhythm
and Blues songs originally written by black artists.
It took Bob Dylan 23 years to realize that he wanted to become a rock
musician. Bob Dylan, whose birth name was Robert Allen Zimmerman, had a
relatively uneventful childhood in a Minnesota mining town. He adopted his
pseudonym when he went to the University of Minnesota. "Dylan" came from the
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, with whom Zimmerman was frequently compared in the
University folk circles. After leaving the University, Dylan moved to New
York's Greenwich Village to follow his folk hero, Woodie Gunthrie. In fact, ...

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the Atlantic. In particular from a big name in British folk music ,
Ewan MacColl. "I have watched with fascination the meteoric rise of the
American idol and I am still unable to see him as anything more than a youth of
mediocre talent. Only a completely non-critical audience nourished on the
watery pap of pop music could have fallen for such tenth-rate drivel. 'But the
poetry!' they say, what poetry? The cultivated illiteracy of his (Bob Dylan's)
topical songs, are the embarrassing fourth grade schoolboy attempts at free
verse." MacColl failed to see that American youth were not as interested in an
idol following literary protocol as they were in the message and the ...

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Category: Music & Musicians
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