Rock and Roll


Research Questions:

1. What types of music did Rock and Roll evolve from?
2. How did the popularity of Rock and Roll spread across the world?
3. Who were the people responsible for enhancing the popularity of Rock and Roll?
4. What are the common instruments used in Rock and Roll? Do they assist in classifying music as Rock and Roll?
5. What is the difference between “Rock” and “Rock and Roll”?
6. What is the significance of “Roll” in Rock and Roll?
7. How are the subsections of Rock and Roll different from basic Rock and Roll?
8. What types of messages were usually portrayed in rock and Roll music?
9. What groups of people found Rock and Roll most entertaining? Why? What does this say about the people and music?
10. What events and people sparked the creation of Rock and Roll? How were they influential?


Over the course of time Rock and Roll music has changed slightly and yet still holds is roots in the music styles and techniques it was derived from.

Research Plan:

To find the answer to the many questions that our group has developed, we have decided to divide the work evenly and put each group member to work in a field that they have strength in. Because Sohpia and Dlyan are the two people most familiar with Rock and Roll music both past and present, they are the two people who will be finding the music and musicians who stand out most throughout the course of Rock and Roll and play a key role in answering our questions. Manna-Symone and Allison are best at research. They will be the two people responsible for finding and compiling data and information. All group members are responsible for coming up with a thesis and answering the questions. We will be using various sites, books databases, music libraries, and other methods of gaining what we need to deepen our understanding of the widely popular music of Rock and Roll.


  • Country, gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, and jazz music were the soil in which Rock and Roll set root. Through these types of music Rock and Roll gained its dance styles, rhythms, and instrumental use.

  • The popularity of Rock and Roll began to increase after World War II. After World War II the youth had a lot more leisure time. Their time was spent watching television, listening to radios and jukeboxes and record buying. In the time they spent with these new habits, the American youth began to adopt Rock and Roll as apart of their culture.

  • The two main races that led the led the advancement of Rock and Roll music were African American and White. At the start f Rock and Roll the two races had their own type of Rock and Roll. The Whites had Rockabilly and African Americans had Doo Wop. Later on the two subsections cam together as one. Though it received it's name in 1950 it can be traced back to the 1930's where you can find elements of rock in country music.

  • It is debatable where rock came from though it is believed that it was formed through inter - racial meetings. Once many freed slaves were able to move to more urban cities they became open to white music and whites became open to theirs. This caused the rise of jazz and blues. Rock was created from jazz and blues in the process. Rock bands usually consist of one or two electric guitars, an electric bass, and a drum kit.

You can relate rock music to African music because in many songs they use call and response, where one person will say some thing and another will call back. For example this song by Cobra Starship:

In the video the lead singer says "you're a" and his band mates yell "hot mess." This is similar to African music with call and response.


The Bata Repertoire for Shango in Sakété: Oba Koso

This is an example of an actual African tribal song. Notice the call and response and the distinct drum beat elements.

Elvis Presley: Little sister
Uses elements of rock combined with elements of African call and response

Big Joe Turner: Roll 'em Pete
Was said to be the first rock song or the first real rock song

Sum 41: Fat lip
Uses elements of rock and roll and elements of African call and response

Little Richard: Little Richard's Boogie
Was one of the first notable rock songs

Led Zeppelin
“Stairway to Heaven”

Little Richard
“Tutti Fruitii”

The Turbans and the Nutmegs
“When you Dance”

The Beatles

The Who
“My Generation”

Simple Plan
“Welcome to my Life”

Heavenly Gospel Singers
“Run on”

Beastie Boys

“Rock and roll all night”

The Beach Boys
“Surfin’ U.S.A”

Pearl Jam

Sound Garden
“Black hole sun”

Sound Garden

“Smells like Teen Spirit”

Bruce Springsteen
"Born in the U.S.A"

Rolling Stones
“It’s only rock and roll”

The Beatles
“Hello, Goodbye”

"Dream on"


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