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"Things cannot be destroyed once and for all"- Pink Floyd (from the song "Chapter 24")

Rock music has been in existence since the early 50. It began as a medium for teenage rebellion. It was a holy union of blues and country. It was fast paced, loud and energetic. It was something you could dance to and something you felt "cool" about. Many rock n roll icons emerged in the mid to late 50s, releasing hit singles that were hugely popular. As the 50s ended, some of the rock n roll icons m died (Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens) some faded (Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis) and some moved on to other interests (movies - Elvis Presley, gospel - Little Richard). The most prominent of these rock n roll icons was undoubtedly, Elvis Presley.

The early 60s were dominated by lightweight pop and r&b. Fortunately the British teenagers who had grown on a stready diet of American blues and rock n roll, took over around 1964 and became world wide famous. This would be called as British Invasion. Most of these British Invasion acts were rock bands which had a prominent singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer. These bands wrote their own songs. performed them live and cause major ruckus wherever they went. The most prominent of them were The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Kinks and The Who. America's answer to the British was Bob Dylan, Byrds and Beach Boys. Bob Dylan and The Byrds mixed folk with rock and created folk rock. The Yardbirds and Rolling Stones mixed blues with rock to create blues rock. Beatles and Beach Boys mixed 50s and 60s pop with rock to create pop rock. Kinks and Who were part of the rowdy mod culture and paved the way for another rock revolution that would be called punk about 10 years later.

The simpler music of British Invasion would last just three years before being take over by a weirder form of rock called as pyschedelic rock. This music was mostly made under the influence of hallucinatory substances and Indian spirituality. Yardbirds, Byrds and Beatles would be the main proponents. Yardbirds boasted three great guitarists in its line ups at different times - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. These three guitarists redefined the role of the guitarist in a rock band, taking centre stage and driving the songs with their riffs and solos. Soon bands like Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and The Mothers, Cream would join them in 1967. These bands were technically gifted and would jam and improvise on stage to lengthy instrumental passages. All these would lead to hard rock, heavy metal and progressive rock, the major style of music of the 70s.

The late 60s (starting 1967) and early 70s gave birth to many important rock bands. Some of them were major influence on modern psychedelic, electronic, underground and experimental music (Pink Floyd, Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Can, The Moody Blues, Kraftwerk), some on modern hard rock, metal, garage rock, grunge and punk (Doors, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Stooges, Deep Purple, Velvet Underground, Hawkwind) and some others on modern progressive and art rock music (Yes, Roxy Music, Van der Graaf Generator, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, King Crimson). The late 60s and 70s also boasted Americana, roots rock, swamp and southern rock music which was a fusion of traditional American music with an American sound. Some notable artists would be Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. There were a lot of radio-friendly soft rock (Eagles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac) and arena rock (Journey, Foreigner, Styx, Electric Light Orchestra) acts which made a lot of money with their pop flavored rock material. Amidst this, there were the second wave of hard rockers like Queen, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Rush, Motorhead, Judas Priest etc, which were still keeping the rock spirit high.

The late 70s would taken over by Disco and Punk. Punk Rock's roots were in the minimalistic rhythmic style of early rock n roll and 60s and early 70s underground garage rock. The dance pop and soul/funk based Disco like Bee Gees was also massively popular around this time. In the early 80s, with the advent of music channels like MTV on television the focus of the mainstream bands was on commerical music videos more than the music. As the result some of the mainstream rock lost steam. It was replaced by pop/soft rock artists and later Rap artists. Rock survived in the underground form of indie rock and new wave/post punk music (Smiths, Cure, Joy Division) and heavy metal (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard), the major mainstream flag bearers of rock. There was an alternative rock movement in the 80s and 90s as well. The major bands were Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, U2 and REM). The 2000's rock music (Coldplay, Green Day, Radiohead) is mostly based on the mopey style of alternative rock of the 90s and cannot be really seperated from the 90s.

The classic period for rock was probably from 1965-84. But there is still some good rock out there waiting to be explored. Rock is not dead, it is just hiding and planning its next move. As AC/DC said, "Rock N Roll ain't gonna die"