'n Roll Music
This project for Rock 'n Roll Music includes a
collection of links to biographies of rock 'n roll
musicians, bands, and other important figures in the
history of rock 'n roll. So many good biography links
were found that they have been organized and indexed
on a separate Rock
webpage. Visit it and find out more about the persons
who made the 1950's and 1960's the golden age of rock
- Easier - "Rock 'N
Roll" is a type of music. It "shook things up" in
the 1950s and 1960s. Many musical styles from
around the world contributed to this new sound.
Along with the African American influence, rock 'n
roll also drew on the lyrical melodies of recent
European immigrants and the country and western
music of Texans.
- First, the music became popular in small clubs
and on the radio. Later, with the introduction of
programs such as American Bandstand, teenagers
could watch their favorite bands on television. Not
everyone was excited about this music. Many parents
didn't like the suggestive dancing, naughty lyrics,
and loud, fast beat.
- Harder - "Rock 'N
Roll" is a musical genre whose 'golden age' is
usually recognized as the decades of the 1950's and
1960's. This musical form had its beginnings in the
blues tunes, gospel music, and jazz-influenced
vocal music that became popular among
African-American audiences after World War II. A
new kind of blues, it featured electrically
amplified guitars, harmonicas, and drummers that
emphasized afterbeats. At the same time, black
gospel music grew in popularity. These forms of
black popular music were given the label rhythm and
blues (R and B) and were played on big-city radio
stations. Radio spread this music's appeal from
black communities to towns throughout all of the
United States. By the mid-1950's such performers as
Little Richard, Joe Turner, and Chuck Berry were
becoming popular with white audiences. Radio disc
jockeys began calling their music rock 'n
3, 1959 - The Day the Music Died from the
Lexington Herald Leader
- 40-plus years ago, three rock 'n roll stars
climbed into a small chartered plane in Mason
City, Iowa, shortly before 1 a.m. As they say,
the rest is history and many believe that Don
McLean's American Pie is an anthem for that
- Related Websites:
- 2) American Pie http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/1425/americanpie.htm
- 3) Buddy Holly Archive at the Lubbock
Music: American Bandstand at About.com
- Every afternoon, the familiar music of the
theme song drifted from the televisions of
thousands of teenage fans as they listened to
the rock 'n' roll music they loved, watched "The
Regulars" dance to the latest craze, and found
out who the next teen idol was going to be....
all on American Bandstand . . .
- Other Bandstand Sites:
- 2) American Bandstand by C. Rich at Fifties
- 3) American Bandstand at Yesterdayland
- 4) 'American Bandstand' and West
- 5) Classic TV: American Bandstand at
- 6) Colored Reflections: The Fifties,
American Bandstand http://www.coloredreflections.com/decades/Decade.cfm?Dec=1&Typ=3&Sty=1&SID=2
of Rock and Roll
- This site explores the roots of rock. It
follows the natural progression of styles
beginning with the African musical traits
brought here in 1619. These musical traditions
were then fused with the European music of the
colonists. It is also a story of American
popular music that includes the plantation songs
of Stephen Foster, the ragtime of Scott Joplin,
and was followed by the blues, jazz, and jump
- Other Related Sites:
- 2) History of Rock & Roll, Part I by H.
- 3) Rock and Roll History Online by G.
- 4) Rock History http://www.rockhistory.cc/
- Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the
legendary performers, producers, songwriters,
disc jockeys and others who have made rock and
roll a force in our culture.
- After visiting several of the rock 'n
roll websites, complete one or more of the
- Make a Rock 'n Roll Timeline.
Make a timeline that includes the most
important events in the history of rock 'n
roll. You must decide when you think that
rock 'n roll music first began and if and
when its era ended. Then, pinpoint the
significant events that occurred between
those dates. Illustrate your timeline with
pictures and drawings. Use the History
of Rock and Roll and Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for
- Pick the Top 10 Performers of Rock
'n Roll. Put together a top-ten list
of performers of rock 'n roll. Explain why
each of your picks deserves to be included
in this top-ten list. Create a poster that
shows your choices for the top-ten award.
Vote on your favorites as a class and put
them in order down the hallway.
- Create a Fictional Rock 'n Roll
Performer. Tom Hanks created a
fictional rock 'n roll group in the movie,
Thing You Do.' Now create your own
fictional rock 'n roll performer. Draw a
picture of your rock 'n roll star. Write a
fictitious biography that details their
musical career. Write a song for your
- What Is Your Favorite Rock 'n Roll
Song? Pick your favorite classic rock
'n roll song. See if you can find the
lyrics at sites like Den's
Oldies Lyrics or the International
Lyrics Server. Looking at the lyrics
of the song, analyze them as a piece of
poetry. Explain their meaning or
- Make a Map. Create a map of the
United States. Identify the birthplaces
and movement of your favorite rock and
roll stars. Do you see any patterns?
- Create a New Collection. Your
mission is to select a person or group
that you enjoy. Select your favorite songs
to go on a "best of" CD. Create the CD
cover including the song list and a front
cover. Inside, write about why you like
- Dance! Along with Rock 'N Roll
music, came a new wave of dances. Choose a
favorite rock and roll song and create a
new dance. Go to the dance
page for ideas.
- Debate "Today's" Rockers. Are
there any new "Rock 'N Roll" bands or is
the new music a different form? Take a
stand on one side of the issue. Write an
article for "Rolling Stone" magazine
defending your position. Try another
debate or discussion topic such as "Was
there really a rock revolution?", "Why
don't parents seem to like the same music
as teenagers?", "Who's the greatest rocker
of all time?".
- Analyze Your Parents. What kind
of music do your grandparents, parents, or
older siblings listen to? Ask them about
the music they enjoyed as teenagers. How
is it like and different from the music
you enjoy? Are any of them "rockers"?
Share your musical experiences. Listen to
their favorite songs and talk about their
influence. Ask them to listen and discuss
- Websites By Kids For Kids
Breakers History of Rock and Roll (1999
ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- Some people just listen to it and they don't
really know what is behind all of the music or
how it came about. This site covers the major
decades of rock and roll so a person can go
through in time order.
The Food that Feeds Our Souls (1998
- Read about the history of rock and roll,
from the early blues-inspired music of the 50s,
to the progressive art influenced styles of the
90s. A jukebox for listening to popular tunes,
and artists' biographies round out the
Emporium (1998 ThinkQuest Project)
- This site features the bands and individual
artists who made their mark in this unique field
of music. There are brief biographies of the
artists and their bands, as well as links to
other sites of interest.
Revolution (1998 Internet Challenge)
- Read about the history of rock, the
different genres, artists, and great moments
that have been defined by this music. Check out
the essays and interviews.
- More Rock and Roll Sites
History! by D. Bangle
- This brief page provides an overview of the
'bubblegum' music genre.
Music Encycolopedia by J. Vernon & S.
- This database chronicles the history of
1,200 Canadian contemporary music artists from
the 1950s to the present.
the World: Rock 'n' Roll Culture and
Ideology by D. N. Townsend
- This incomplete online text proceeds roughly
along historical lines, discussing the evolution
of the music and the culture and attempts to
identify and explain the issues with which rock
'n' roll has been especially concerned.
Web by C. Rich
- This site includes information about the
music of the Fifties decade.
- This site characterizes itself as the
Internet resource for musicians and it has tons
of guitar resources and links.
- Not-To-Be-Missed Section:
- 2) Guitar Tablature http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/tab.html
- Other Guitar Tablature Sites:
- 3) Guitar Tab Universe http://www.guitartabs.cc/
- Here you find a collection of song lyrics
from the fifties, sixties, and seventies.
- Other Lyrics Sites:
- 2) International Lyrics Server http://www.lyrics.ch/index.htm
- 3) Lyrics Collection http://www.mathematik.uni-ulm.de/paul/lyrics/
Music by R. Smith
- This site focuses on the music of the 50's,
60's and 70's with artist information, trivia,
links, and more.
and Roll at PBS
- This site has transcripts of interviews from
the TV series plus biographies and more.
and Roll History from WSHE
- This site provides you with rock and roll
trivia for the calendar date.
- Similar Websites:
- 2) This Day in Rock and Roll History
- 3) This Week in Rock and Roll http://www.classicbands.com/history.html
Hall of Fame
- This site contains biographies of rockabilly
artists and numerous links to other related
- This is the online site for the magazine of
the same name. This site contains some of the
articles from the current issues plus archived
articles from previous editions.
Museum of American Soul Music
- This online museum is about the Stax
recording studio of Memphis, Tennessee. In 15
years Stax placed over 167 hit songs in the top
100 on the pop charts and an astounding 243 hits
in the top 100 rhythm and blues charts.
Always Remember by J. Lang
- This rock obituary site pays tribute to
deceased rock stars.
- Websites For Teachers
for Teachers from the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame (Grades 7-12)
- Check out this large set of lesson plans
that uses the history of Rock and Roll to teach
lessons that span the curriculum and give
insight into the significance of the role Rock
and Roll has played in the evolution of American
Did Rock and Roll Come From? from
- The student will use specialized music
reference sources to locate information about
the origins of rock and roll.
rock and roll music
rhythm & blues
'day the music died'
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