Rock music has a specific trend attached to it. The ever-changing and unrefined nature of the genre attracted several additions to be attributed to its unpredictable nature. Over time, the genre has reached heights of popularity with the masses since the early 1940s. Defining the genre with a straightforward approach is tough. Every rock music fan has his or her interpretation of the music; however, the consensus is that the genre is addictive, hard and incredibly addictive. The instruments that accompany the lead vocalist are often electric guitars, drums, and bass that interfere with the pace of the heartbeat and ensures that the spikes of adrenalin compliment the energy of the music.
The beginnings of rock music were a significant invention when the popular styles of music at the time were combined to make the explosive nature of the genre. Rock artists from the earliest 40s era leaned heavily on the blues traces of music to inspire the rock music. The aggressive nature of the genre was shocking to everyone especially with the sexual freedom and encouragement of addictives to accompany the music. The conservative age of the 40s and 50s loved the genre, and the freedom that it allowed people to break the conforms of nature. As a result, the genre began to take shape as one that tethered the unwanted of society. The oppression of the youth was burst, and their sexual energy was allowed to be charged up with the music offered by the pioneers of rock music. The Rolling Stones were by far the most influential band that took rock music and the youth of yesteryear to new cultural heights.
Evolution, Splintering, and Re-emergence
In the 70s, rock music evolved into one of the most popular genres that every artist was conforming their music. Several bands and musicians came forward offering a whole variety of performances, with unique costumes and incredible vocals to set the stage of classic rock music. A new era was also born as a by-product of the venturing. The ‘Hippie’ culture came and introduced the Punk genre as an offshoot of rock music. Psychedelic elements were used in progressive rock to showcase artists such as Pink Floyd. When all the three joined together, the audiences accepted the progression of rock with open arms and several sub-genres were born as a result.
The ’80s saw a decade where rock music splintered. The high that came from classic rock music began to settle, and the audience started moving toward the direction of liberating youth and producing songs that inspired young people. College rock began its emergence, and a new genre of music that opposed rock in every way came into existence – Alternative Rock. Music fans began classifying rock music as modern, indie or alternative after the late 80 which went onto the 90s.
Everyone was taken back to the grassroots of pure rock music when the band Nirvana made their appearance in 1991. Their entry sparked a revolution and the reemergence of rock music. Mainstream rock had come back and was here to stay. Over time, mainstream rock stands at a very prominent place while the sub-genres that were sourced from it thrive as well.