History of Rock and Roll
Elvis Presley is widely regarded to be the father of modern Rock and Roll. This genre of music is still very much alive today and has become complex and evolved to include spinoff sub-genres such as Heavy Metal, Hairdryer Rock, Numetal and Grunge.
Once Elvis passed away, it opened up the whole market and Liverpool legends The Beatles changed from poppy young lads to rock and roll stars. Simultaneously The Rolling Stones also began to create unique and modern sounds. There are only two Beatles left today and Paul McCartney is still writing and playing music. The Stones, on the other hand, are still going strong and playing live music concerts today.
Two huge Rock and Roll bands that dominated the 1990s were Metallica and Guns and Roses, creating some anthems that are still played even today. The Gunners still tour every now and then with legendary guitarist Slash back in the fold and playing some amazing riffs.
Metallica were the original Heavy Metal band, but they have had to reinvent themselves to appeal to a younger audience, which they have done by emulating some of the Numetal bands such as Limp Bizkit.
Grunge was another sub-genre that arose in dreary Seattle on the North West Coast of the United States of America. The defining band of the era was Nirvana, a four piece band made up of the musical geniuses Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and legendary drummer Dave Grohl. Sadly, Cobain took his own life, when the band were still in their prime.
Novoselic retired from public life, but after a hiatus, Grohl created the modern Rock and Roll Gods The Foo Fighters. In interviews, he explains that he was a one man band for a while, just letting out his emotions after Cobain died. The Foos are now a modern day phenomenon that sell out stadiums wherever they go. Grohl has also played in Supergroups such as Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. Rock and Roll bands are a dime a dozen these days, but there is one standout group in The Arctic Monkeys which are fronted by Alex Turner, a modern day poet turned lyricist.
Rock and Roll will arguably never die. As long as there are still guitars and drums,rock and roll will live on.