Along with pop, rock music is regarded as the most popular genres, spanning a whole array of differing styles from folk-rock to the more hardcore scene.
Essentially though, the original influence of rock music was rock and roll, spurning out from the US during the 1940s and 1950s. There is no clearcut individual or band that can or could claim to be the source of rock music’s surge out of rock and roll, however it is commonly agree that rhythmn and blues, country, gospel and jazz music are all contributers. Elvis Presley is arguably the most famous and commonly thought of individual figure associated with rock and roll but it was thought to be the release of ‘Rock around the clock’ by BIll Haley that launched the genre.
Through the decades, the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan are still thought to be the founders of the current rock scene, bridging the gap between the surf rock scene of the Beach Boys and benefiting from the incredible success and British influence from The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Animals, to name three. Clapton, whether consciously or not, extended the early years of blues towards the 80s and with his exceptional writing and music talent cementing a following that will last forever in some hearts.
At the same time, the British and US scenes started to develop the punk style which held a much faster and more aggressive beat – bands such as the Ramones and the Sex Pistols were the driving forces behind this, which actually seemed to cause the then-present metal scene to fade away. There was a large resurgence in the late 1970s which allowed now-famous bands such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Van Halen to rise up.
It’s now perhaps thought that the punk influence changed the shape of metal rock and is still the reason for such a diverse range of alternative music today, with the acceptance of such a ‘different’ style of music, opening up the music world’s eyes to other styles.