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History of Rock 1/2/12

Intro to Rural Blues
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Becky Brown

on 3 January 2018

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Transcript of History of Rock 1/2/12

Welcome to History of Rock!
What is your musical history?
How important is music in your life?
What artists/albums/songs make you jump and shout?
Rock and roll is the most brutal, ugly,
desperate, vicious form of expression it
has been my misfortune to hear.

--Frank Sinatra
Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.

--Jimi Hendrix
If it screams for truth rather than help, if it commits itself with a courage that it can't be sure it really has, if it stands up and admits that something is wrong but doesn't insist on blood, then it is rock 'n roll.

--Pete Townshend
Rock 'n roll, at its core, is merely
a bunch of raving @#$%.

--Rock journalist Lester Bangs

Essential Rock-cabulary
rhythm
the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats.
melody
a rhythmical succession of single tones producing a distinct musical phrase or idea.
harmony
the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear
chord
a combination of usually three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously.
call-and-response
backbeat
when the second and the fourth beats in a measure are emphasized
noting or pertaining to a style of singing in which a melody sung by one singer is responded to or echoed by one or more singers.
Rock's Black Roots
Early rock and roll was primarily African American music.
The syncopated rhythms, raw vocal emotionalism and work-chant "call and response" are all part of the African musical heritage and became the building blocks for rock and roll.

Blues in the Early to Mid-Twentieth Century
The popular blues style, with vocalists like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, was performed in theaters, tents, and concert halls.
The rural blues contained very specific stylistic elements: most songs were twelve measures in length, contained only three chords, and repeated the first line of the verse twice before offering a different third line.
Southern Rural Blues
Blues lyrics were about struggle, suffering, and occasionally, celebration
many prominent rural blues artists came from the Mississippi Delta, including Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Leadbelly

Robert Johnson
Known as the King of the Delta Blues Singers
Born in 1911 in Mississippi to dirt-poor tenant farmers
He was an itinerant blues singer and guitarist who lived from 1911 to 1938.
He recorded 29 songs between 1936 and ‘37 for the American Record Corporation, which released eleven 78rpm records on their Vocalion label during Johnson's lifetime, and one after his death.
Most of these tunes have attained canonical status, and are now considered enduring anthems of the genre: “Cross Road Blues,” “Love In Vain,” “Hellhound On My Trail,” “I Believe I'll Dust My Broom,” “Walking Blues,” “Sweet Home Chicago.”
Bessie Smith--"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
How do the lyrics in the song express "the blues?"

Describe Bessie Smith's vocal style. What does the sound of her voice convey to the listener?
Ma Rainey--"Booze and Blues"
Describe the instrumentation on "Booze and Blues." What instruments do you hear? What is their role in the song?
Son House--"John the Revelator"
Who is "John the Revelator?" How is he described in the song?

Describe the instrumentation on the song? Why might it be so sparse?
Blind Lemon Jefferson--"Black Snake Moan"
What the @#$%^ is this song ABOUT?
Robert Johnson--"Hellhound on my Trail"
How do the song's lyrics express themes in "the blues?"

Describe Johnson's method of guitar-playing? How does he accompany himself?
The Blues Form...
Woke up this morning, my baby was gone
Woke up this morning, my baby was gone
I feel so bad, I was all alone
Now you try!!!!
Make a list of 10 of your very favorite foods.
Step 1: Find your seat
Step 2: Fasten your seatbelt
Welcome to History of Rock!
Groups, introduce yourselves!

Discuss the following questions:
Chuck Berry, WOW!
Frank Sinatra, uhhh...
Jimi Hendrix, hey!
Pete Townshend, yeah!
Carrie Brownstein, holy @#%^!
Group 1:
Frankie
Isabel
Stephanie
Ellie
Group 2:
Max
Josh
Charlie
Eliott
Group 3:
Kaylie
Brianna
Eli
Serenity
Group 4:
Cassius
GG
Milo
Mikayla
Group 5:
Gabi
Sabrina
Milo
Maddi
Desi
Group 6:
Zander
Amy
Max M.
Rosemary
Group 7:
Sar
Portia
Andie
Ari

Group 8:
Annalia
Carmen
Chloe
Eleanor
Group 9:
Kaleb
Silas
Ilani
Jessie
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