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Rock and Roll History, 1950-1980: Home


Rock and Roll Defined

Rock and roll, also called rock ’n’ roll or rock & roll, style of popular music that originated in the United States in the mid-1950s and that evolved by the mid-1960s into the more encompassing international style known as rock music, though the latter also continued to be known as rock and roll.

Rock and roll has been described as a merger of country music and rhythm and blues, but, if it were that simple, it would have existed long before it burst into the national consciousness. The seeds of the music had been in place for decades, but they flowered in the mid-1950s when nourished by a volatile mix of black culture and white spending power. (Continue reading from Encyclopedia Britannica)

Dive into the History of Rock and Roll

Explore the Rock Music Timeline  (

Fifty Years of Pop (The Guardian)

The Fifities: A Decade of Music that Changed the World (Rolling Stone Magazine)

500 Hundred Greatest Songs of All Time (Rolling Stone Magazine)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees  (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Listen to Rock and Roll History

Listen to Early Rock and Roll Classics (Freegal Music)

Classic Rock (Freegal Music)

Watch Rock and Roll History

Chuck Berry Peforms "Johnny B. Goode" (1958)

Patti Smith Performs "Gloria" (1976)

Delve Deeper into Rock History

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