How Long Has Rock Music Been Around?

Posted by Mike Schuck

As we know, music has always been around! It is one of the most powerful tools to help us connect with other people. When we listen to songs that tell a story or create new stories for us to relate to, it is called songwriting.

Music has also influenced how we live our lives- some songs can make you feel good so you start doing things you would never have done before, while others make you feel bad, making you stop what you are doing.

It is very interesting to note that as early as 4000 B.C., artists were recording sounds and putting them together into musical compositions. These musicians probably didn’t understand why their songs sounded right, but they knew when they had written a great piece.

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In recent years, technology has allowed us to do more than just listen to music and appreciate its artistry; we now have the ability to make our own music! (And I don’t mean by composing short notes and slapping your voice on top!)

If you want to learn how to write your own songs, there are many resources available. You can take classes at college, find YouTube videos, read books, and surf the web to get creative inspiration and tips.

History of the music industry

The history of the music business is not easy to trace, even for those who are involved in it. It seems like there has always been a music market, and the songs we know and love have been around forever!

That is definitely an illusion created by the media. What we see as mainstream music isn't actually that popular; instead, it's what people considered rock at the time!
Ferndale, Michigan-based band Clutch says it best when they refer to this phenomenon as "the passing of greatness."

"Rock greats seem to be fading out every year," drummer Tim Neumann told Business Insider. "It feels like we're hitting dead ends as a genre. I think that's because most people don't really understand what made rock special. They only get one or two ideas of what defined the genre and then everything else gets tossed into another category."

Luckily, some new genres have emerged that strive to keep the spirit of rock alive. One such genre is called neo-rock or alternative rock, which is typically characterized by lyrics about life experiences and experimentation with sound. Artists can easily fall into either category, too — look up any famous musician and you'll find out!

This article will discuss the different stages the music industry went through, how musicians were paid during these times, and some theories about why things changed. But first, let us talk more about the three main eras in the history of the music business.

History of rock music

how long has rock music been around

In its earliest form, music is usually categorized as either chant or melody-accompanied rhythm. Chant is sung poetry that has been around since ancient times. Melody is also very old – some say it was first invented by caveman when they sang songs to themselves!

Early humans probably learned how to make sounds with their mouths in order to motivate each other into mating or protecting their tribe. As humanity advanced, these sound making skills were expanded upon until we have what we know today as singing.

Music written down for the first time comes from the Sumerians, an empire located in present day Iraq. They left us notes, summaries, and trances which are all types of writing using rhyme, meter, and/or sequence to inspire song.

The Romans took advantage of this knowledge by organizing chants and melodies into structures such as hymns and marches. This style of music spread across Europe where it flourished.

History of rap music

how long has rock music been around

Rap is a style of music that was born in the late 1980s. It is characterized by lyrics that discuss social issues, such as politics or economics, stories about your average person’s life, and sometimes even references to drugs and sex. The genre originated from hip-hop, which is also known as street poetry or rapp!

Rap music flourished in the early 2000s before becoming more mainstream with artists like Drake, Jay Z, and Kanye West incorporating some rapping into their songs. Since then, many other rappers have picked up the craft, making it one of the most popular genres in America today.

Many consider rap music to be a form of Hip Hop, but this isn't always the case. Some musicians may not use rhymes when they sing their songs, so they are categorized under alternative music instead.

History of heavy metal

how long has rock music been around

Heavy metal is an ever-evolving genre that evolved from earlier musical forms such as blues, jazz, folk music and classical music. It was not until the late 1960s though, when heavy metal truly emerged into being with artists like Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath creating their own style. Since then, it has gone on to become one of if not the biggest genres in rock music and a significant part of popular culture.

Heavy metals typically feature very use of guitar riffs, strong bass lines, powerful vocals and sometimes oriental or eastern influenced melodies and sounds. The lyrics are usually about politics, sex or both!

Music theorists describe heavy metal as embodying a sense of power and unity within themselves. This feeling is often described as “metal” or "heavy" spirituality. Many claim that this effect comes directly from listening to early bands and songs which develop your inner self-confidence and strength.

History of punk rock

how long has rock music been around

Before there was grunge, before people were screaming about politics or personal issues, there was something much more primal in music. There was one thing that almost all songs had in common – rhythm!

Music is a form of expression, so what kind of expressions do we get? We get stories, we get celebrations, we get pleas for help, we get drummed up emotions, we get dance tunes, we get ballads, we get rhythmic patterns, and we even get silence! It’s just how musical languages work.

Rhythm was important to early humans. They created it by passing their hands or other objects (like sticks) across their body at a steady pace. This way they could feel the vibrations and learn when it started and stopped, creating the basis for our concept of time.

In some cases, they would make these rhythms longer or shorter depending on what type of activity they wanted to perform (for example, walking comes with its own internal clock!), making them the foundation for our idea of pacing.

We can also look at rhythm as an underlying structure to most music. A song with no rhythm will not sound like anything beyond a blur of noise, while a song with too many pauses will lose your attention.

At this level, music is very powerful because it can influence us.

History of disco

how long has rock music been around

Disco is an immensely popular music genre that has been around for over 40 years! Discotheques have featured this energetic, rhythmic dance style since at least the 1970s. Technically, however, disco didn't begin to take off until the early 1980s when DJs started mixing more familiar songs with new, disco-themed melodies and rhythms.

Towards the end of the decade, artists like The Human League and New Order incorporated strong disco beats into their sound. Artists such as Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera made it big by singing about sex in a way that only people who had just experienced the disco era could appreciate.

Since then, other musical genres have influenced the creation of what we now call disco. For example, many believe that Dance Classics, or house music, was directly inspired by the bass lines and funky grooves of old disco tracks.

Overall, disco not only left its mark on the world of music, but also paved the way for several different styles.

History of jazz

how long has rock music been around

Jazz is an American music genre that was created in New Orleans, where it originated as early brass-based music played by white musicians. The term “jazz” comes from the word 'juice', which referred to the liquid element used to make the music.

The first known use of the term 'jazz' dates back to 1917 when the Chicago Tribune listed some songs under that name. However, it wasn't until 1924 that musician Louis Armstrong coined his own version of the phrase -- he called it 'hot rhythm'.

At this time, however, many people still referred to the style of music as 'Negro music'. This didn't sit well with Armstrong, who felt that the genre should be recognized as its own thing. He made several attempts to get others to agree but failed, so he just kept calling it 'the hot number music'.

It took another twenty years for someone else to put together all the pieces and establish the definitive meaning of the term. In 1953, trumpeter Miles Davis introduced the term into common usage when he said, "If you hear something that sounds like jazz, then go ahead and call it jazz." Since then, most people have followed suit and accepted the term as it is now.

Popular music throughout time

how long has rock music been around

There are many theories as to when rock music first started, with some saying it began in England around the late 1700s or early 1800s. Some say it was made popular by musicians such as William Shakespeare, who sang and wrote songs for the royal court. Others claim that Italian opera inspired composers to add rhythm into their pieces, helping form the basis of what we now call rock.

However, not until the mid-to-late 19th century did anyone truly classify themselves as a “rock musician”. Composers such as Mozart and Beethoven were considered pioneers of the genre, but none of them used instruments such as the guitar, which is an essential part of most modern forms of rock.

Prior to this, only folk singers like Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead would experiment with using the guitar in a song, taking influence from Spanish classical music. It wasn't until 1963 that someone recorded a completely self-contained piece featuring just the instrumentation of bass, drums, lead singer, and guitar! This person's name is David Bowie, and his song is called Let's Dance.

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