The History of Rock Music

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(Last Updated On: April 3, 2016)

The history of rock music. Over the past seven decades, rock music has changed drastically. From the explosion of hip-shaking pop stars like Elvis Presley in the 1950’s to the brief period of hair-metal obsession in the 80’s, rock n’ roll has consistently come to define cultural changes and shifts in contemporary American music.

Today’s infographic takes a look into each of the characteristics and stereotypes of rock music over the last 65 years. The evolution of rock music has come to be defined by its decade in history (i.e. 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc). Each decade’s music possesses its own unique identity. From war-protest songs of the 60’s and 70’s to the grunge scene of the 90’s, the general mood and subject matter of rock music has changed drastically over the years.

One thing has remained the same though. Starting in the 50’s with early suit-and-tie wearin’ rock n’ rollers, rock music has always retained a suave, confident coolness in exchange for its lack of overall profitability compared to other industries. Perhaps a reason for today’s illustrator’s depictions of scruffed, drugged-out rockers through the ages? Maybe not, but either way, the rock music industry has been and remains to this day one of the most eccentric, strange communities in western culture. Check out today’s infographic to further explore its history and culture over the past decades.



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