ROCK HISTORY | 1971 – NEVER A DULL MOMENT BY DAVID HEPWORTH

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The story of the ascent of rock music is lovingly told by the author, who turned 21 that year. The context behind many of the classic rock artists and albums is vividly described. Well researched with detailed accounts, the reading enjoyment is enhanced by a Spotify playlist of course!

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ROCK HISTORY – THE KEY GENRES THAT MAKE UP POWER POP ROCK N ROLL! PART I

We love analysing our favourite music, which as it now stands, we apply the all-encompassing term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL to define. We do not believe that any artist or band worth their salt would create music that could be pigeon-holed so easily, which is why our term POWER POP ROCK N ROLL comprises quite a few key genres that we will spend a fair bit of time to discuss. We begin with POWER POP!

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ROCK HISTORY : FROM R&B TO ROCK N ROLL – ESSENTIAL SONGS

Rhythm & Blues is the bedrock of much of modern rock and pop music. Basically R&B is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was coined in the post-war years to replace “Race Music”, meaning – “a catchall term referring to any music that was made by and for black Americans”.

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ROCK HISTORY: ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG

2016 will forever be notorious for the number of celebrity deaths that occured during its 12 months.  We are not of the view that there is anything too distinctive about the number of deaths this year, except to opine that this seeming increase in celebrity deaths may be down to a function of age and perhaps drug/alcohol abuse – though that does not quite explain Keith Richards’ remarkable longevity. We want to take this time to look back in rock history and remember the musicians who died much too young – before even turning 30 (the end of youth perhaps).

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ROCK HISTORY: IF NINETIES ROCK WAS SIXTIES POP

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In our humble opinion, the Nineties represented perhaps the final great rock decade before being utterly overwhelmed by hip-hop music as the defining modern cultural zeitgeist. But what is interesting to note is that in many ways, much of the rock music made in the Nineties reflected nostalgically the pop music of the Sixties. Here are some examples for your consideration.

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ROCK HISTORY: FROM SEVENTIES PROG TO EIGHTIES POP

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Punk. 1977. Ground zero.

The torn t-shirts, the spiky coloured short hair, the spitting and most of all the back-to-basics retro-pop caused a seismic shift in musical tastes and styles that was not fully felt till the early 80s. US bands like The Stooges and New York Dolls paved the way ultimately for British punks like The Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Damned. In the wake of punk, a new approach to pop-rock (variously labelled ‘post-punk’ or ‘new wave’) emerged making superstars of the likes of Blondie, The Cars, The Police et al.

But what about the 70s prog rockers? Well, they had to adapt to stay relevant. Here are examples of 80s pop songs made by progressive rockers.

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PoP ROCKS! AN INTRODUCTION

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Once upon a time, pop and rock came together and made a baby, and its name was Pop-Rock. Very strictly speaking, Pop-Rock is a fusion genre that mixes a catchy pop style and light lyrics in its (typically) guitar-based rock songs. Other genres that bear similar traits would be Powerpop, Melodic Rock, Soft Rock, Jangle Pop, Glam Rock, New Wave, Indie Pop and of course, Rock ’n’ Roll.

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