Rock N Roll can trace its roots to a mix of Rhythm and Blues and Country music from the southern United States in the early 20th century. In the 1940s and 1950s, the two genres were combined in the earliest forms of Rock, such as Doo Wop, Rockabilly and Surf Rock.
Former American artists such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry eventually influenced European acts such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones that rejuvenated the genre in the 1960s.
An earlier schism between mainstream and underground influences in American musical culture combined in Rock N Roll began to reemerge in the early 1970s. The decade saw regular genres like Pop and Disco, as well as more underground styles like Punk and Heavy Metal, gaining popularity among audiences.
The 1980s marked more maturity in the genre development with the introduction of the pop-influenced New Wave genre and R & B-influenced pop singers such as Michael Jackson.
1990s and Beyond
In the early 1990s, underground rock genres returned to the forefront under the banner ‘Alternative Music’. ‘Alternative sub-genres such as Emo, Grunge, Hardcore, Ska and many others renewed the subway and eventually merged with regular styles again to create the great range we find in Rock today. Rock N Roll is one of the most popular musical genres in the world, and its status as a contemporary art form has a great history.