Rock Music

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Of all the influences in the art world, there are few that are as pervasive as that of rock music. Over the generations, rock music has evolved from a style of playing to an icon of rebellion, youth, counterculture, and freedom. Many pundits have even tried to argue that it was rock music and not Communism's innate failings that helped topple the Berlin Wall in 1989.

How did something as simple as rock music, which often involves no more than three chords, come to occupy such a prominent place in American culture? Ironically, it may have been the British who spurred this "American" phenomenon by exporting their finest musicians from Liverpool, Oxford, Manchester, and surroundings. Fans of Motown are quick to argue that the Detroit-based label (and sound) did more for rock and roll than the British Invasion ever did. It all depends on whom you ask and how old they are.

Playing Rock Music

It's the dream of just about every kid to play rock music in a wildly popular band. Again, it's the associations that we make with rock--idolatry, wealth, glamour, worldwide fame--that keep its dream alive for so many people, even those without a lick of musical talent. One of the joys of rock music is that you need no talent whatsoever to "rock out." All you need is a radio, CD player, tape deck, or turntable.

For those who do want to learn to play guitar, easily rock music's most identifiable logo, the process isn't too difficult. Starter guitars run as low as 50 or 100 bucks (though lessons may cost you about as much). Guitar and vocal lessons can carry you on your way, though at some point you'll need to start recruiting other musicians if you hope to cash in on the true experience of playing in a rock band.

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