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Rock n Roll

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Chris McInnes

on 19 September 2016

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Transcript of Rock n Roll

'The Big 4'
The King
Why Rock n Roll?
Youth culture/generation gap
Mass communication/marketing
Music technology
Musical Origins
Rock n Roll =
R&B
+
Country
The Music Industry
Radio
Post-war:
Move from national to local
Live to recorded
Mainstream to niche
ASCAP vs BMI
Rise of personality DJs
Independent Labels and Distribution
45rpm vinyl records
Better sound
Lighter
Stronger
Cheaper!
Instrument Technology
Amplification
Made smaller bands possible
More sustain
Guitar as phallic symbol?
Easier to play
Impact of WWII
USA becomes world's leading economy
Baby boom
Rise of consumerism/mass production
Rise of the teenager
Racial mixing
Musical Features
12 bar blues (I, IV, V)
Electric guitar
Acoustic bass
Drum kit

Upbeat rhythm - dance music
Guitar riffs (boogie woogie)
Lyrics - teen life (cars, girls, dancing etc)
Chuck Berry
Little Richard
Buddy Holly
Elvis Aaron Presley
1935 - 1977
1968 Comeback Special
+
=
Marlon Brando
James Dean
Image Influences
Fender Telecaster (1951)
Gibson Les Paul (1952)
Swung or straight?
Walking bass
Piano
Vocal
Sax
Doo-Wop
Close harmony singing
Compound time - 6/8
Wide vocal range
Chords: I - vi - IV - V
Sentimental/romantic
The Death of Rock n Roll
1960 - All major rock n roll artists out of action
Elvis
Jerry Lee Lewis
Chuck Berry
Little Richard
Buddy Holly
The Payola Scandal
1954 - 'That's All Right' recorded
1955 - Signs with Colonel Tom Parker, who helps him sign with RCA
1958 - Drafted into army
1960 - Discharged
1968 - 'Elvis' TV special broadcast
1973 - Aloha From Hawaii
Key Dates
1977 (August 16th) - Dies
Instrumentation:
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