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The History of Rock 'n' Roll

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on 1 September 2014

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Transcript of The History of Rock 'n' Roll

The Hard Steps Toward Rock n Roll
African Percussion
Here were the story starts! Africa as a continent has a rich history in Music and focuses on rhythmic expressions.

Instruments: Djembe, bells, castanets, udu

Slave Songs
Work Songs, Spirituals, Field Hollers. These songs were slaves only sense of freedom and expression. They used their voices to sing of their plight and dreams of freedom and escape.

Instruments: Voice

Special Points: Call and Response, Harmony


The Blues
The freed slaves get their hands on some instruments. Strange and interesting sounds start coming from the Mississipii Delta and New Orleans. White musicians from Princeton University travel there to record the secrets behind these new sounds.

Mississipii Delta Blues: Based around the Minor Pentatonic Blues
New Orleans Blues: Based around the Major Pentatonic Blues Scale
Rhythm and Blues (R&B)
These were the famous Black 'Rockin Rollers' such as Muddy Waters, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. R&B has changed in definition throughout the ages, and now usually refers to Black Pop music such as Beyonce, Usher and of course Michael Jackson.
1950's Rock 'n' Roll
Alan Freed (a Disk Jockey) coined the term RnR after he was looking for a word to describe the new sound coming from R&B and the white musicians imitating its sound.
Slave Trade
White Americans started bringing African Slaves to work in South America
American Civil War
Fought between the anti-slave north and the pro-slave south. Abraham Lincoln won and freed the slaves.
Moving on...
Blacks started migrating to the more busy cities to play in pubs and clubs. The cities wanted to dance.
World War II
Many of the big bands went over to entertain the troops. Many were lost. After the war, the new generation were looking for a new and rebellious sound.
Gore High Music Dept
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