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Rock is a musical style, based on a challenge to traditional culture

Under fatal music means the synthesis of Negro rhythm and blues and country. From the first direction, a kind of rhythmic pattern (the reverse bit: emphasis on the second and fourth parts of the measure) is borrowed, from the second - the completeness of the compositions and simplified in comparison with the blues improvisation. Rock is a protest against the political situation in the country, the values of the older generation, the way of self-expression and the statement of one's own views on life. Confrontation is due to the lyrics and aggressive manner of execution.


For the first time music of this style appeared in 1954. In the movie "The Jungle of the Chalkboards" the song Rock round the clock performed by Bill Haley was performed. At the same time, Elvis Presley's records were released. Somewhat later, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan appear on the music arena.

Gradually, the music of the fatal direction begins to be performed as a protest against the war in Vietnam, organizations are being created whose members do not welcome armed conflicts and racism.

With the advent of the hippie movement, the underground is developing in the US (The Doors, Steppenwolf, Blood, Sweet & Tears), and in the UK musicians are trying to preserve the traits of traditional culture (Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd). At the same time, a new form of presentation of songs - a music album: several melodies, united by one idea.

Gradually, rock style is gaining popularity in other countries, developing and breaking up into different directions.

Jazz, hard, folk ...

The style is based on classic rock. Musicians (Elton John, Sting, The Who) play electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and do not use stylistic features of other directions.

Psychedelic rock is music that composes under the influence of psychotropic substances, and progressive differs by other forms of musical construction, complexity and depth of the material being supplied. The progressive rockers include Blood, Sweat & Tears, Gong and others. The creativity of musicians who want to go beyond style is called experimental rock. The most famous experimenters are The Fugs, The Godz, Red Crayola, and others.

Another direction combines the features of rock and jazz. It appeared not only because the jazzmen became cramped in their style, but also as a result of the merger of "white" and "black" music in the fight against racism. Famous musicians of synthetic style - Georgie Fame, The Soft Machine, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, etc. Folk-rock is a synthesis of rock and folk music (Bob Dylan, Joan Boez, Fairport Convention), and hard rock has specific guitar rhythms, Heavy rhythm section and excessive loudness of sound. Famous representatives of the direction - Jimmy Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge.

Also, musical critics distinguish glam, gothic, etc. The definition of stylistic varieties is somewhat arbitrary, as the groups constantly experiment, change the manner of the game or invent new ways of performing.

Rock opera

Mixing of styles is characteristic for all kinds of art, including music. An example of this is the synthesis of rock and drama, called a rock opera. This includes a musical and theatrical work, consisting of episodes in which the story is revealed. The arias are performed in the style of rock. Unlike the classical opera, a keyboardist, guitarist, and other musicians can be present on the stage. Most often the performance is accompanied by the sound of a classical orchestra.

The manner of singing is assertive and aggressive, which is typical for rock music. Sometimes parties contain elements of other musical directions (jazz, folk, baroque, etc.). In addition to arias, musicians perform recitative and plastic numbers.

Examples of works of this genre - "Hair" G. McDermott, "Godpole" S. Shuortz, "Juno and Avos" AL Rybnikov, etc.

Rock culture

Over time, the music of rockers became so popular that elements of style penetrated into other layers of culture, a kind of rock style arose. So there was a special language (slang), which explains the adherents of the style and the fans. Slang is used for writing lyrics, however, at concerts (seyshenah) it becomes more important non-verbal communication. Unity of music, words, scenic movements and images influences the subconsciousness of a person, causing certain sensations and emotional reactions.

Rockers are fond of the philosophy of existentialism, Buddhism, and other religious teachings that contradict the psychology of the West. In free time from concerts, musicians and fans visit so-called happenings (meetings), where they communicate, play music, express their opinion on everything that happens in their lives.

The tendencies of rock culture are manifested in clothing (indelible stains of dirt in hippies), the manner to keep oneself (rock is the negation of everything, so the adherents of the style are characterized by aggression), rejection of traditional values, moral and aesthetic attitudes.

Rock and Christianity

The Christian religion does not recognize the right to the existence of fate, considering the commitment to rock culture is impossible for believers in God. Reinforced rhythms, increased frequencies, heartfelt texts affect the subconscious of people, awake deep instincts.

Rock - this is a serious impact on the psyche. After listening to such music a person loses the ability to self-control. The content of many songs is devoted to the theme of death, the other world, depressive states of man, self-destruction. In many cases, the hobby for fate is closely related to drug use, violence, which also does not correspond to the way of life of a Christian.

Art historians and culturologists, rock music and everything related to it, is considered as a confrontation with traditional culture.

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