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Rock and roll (Rock music) is an American music genre started in the early 1950s. It evolved from rhythm and blues, blues music and country music. The name implies fornication in a car.[1]

Foundations of rock

Rock is characterized by a strong back-beat, simple repeated phrases, and electrically amplified instrumentation such as guitars.


"Rock and roll's origins can be found in the tribal music of Africa. This music was originally part of the ritual worship of the assorted tribal gods. Among the slaves who were brought into the New World, the old ritual tribal music quickly changed into more acceptable forms like church music and the blues, as the act of worshiping pagan gods was usually viewed with disfavor by the ruling whites. These new types of music, combined together and further altered by the influence of Voodoo ceremonial music and popular white music, eventually became rock and roll."[2]


Cultural Impact

The music is often associated with rebellion because its loud and impudent style was repulsive to traditional parents. It grew more popular during the 60s, when the Hippie movement spread. Whether everybody genuinely wanted peace in Vietnam, or they just liked Jimi Hendrix, rock 'n' roll kept its rowdy and independent spirit. Ever since it began, it's been drawing young people "out on [their] own / like a rolling stone" (Bob Dylan).

Rock sub-genres

There are many genres of rock music, such as hard rock, soft rock, heavy metal, country rock, and many others.

Worldwide popularity

The popularity of rock music has spread worldwide. One place other than America where rock proved especially popular was Britain, home to The Beatles.

Some countries create their own version of rock, often adding lyrics of the singers' native country.


Christian groups often criticized early rock music for, among other things, having a hypnotic beat, which could inspire animalistic urges in listeners.

"The music is loud, primitive, insistent, strongly rhythmic and releases in an undisguised way the all-too tenuously controlled, newly acquired physical impulses of the teenager. Mix this up with the phenomenon of mass hypnosis, contagious hysteria and the blissful feeling of being mixed-up in an all-embracing, orgiastic experience, and every kid can become ‘Lord of the Flies’ or the Beatles." -- The Marxist Minstrels, Rev. [David A. Noebel http://www.summit.org/about/], 1974.

Rock music in general, and especially Heavy Metal, have been accused of promoting Satanism[3][4], illicit sexuality[5], Suicide[6], and drug use[7].

"According to Staulcup, a steady diet of rock and roll junk promotes degenerate rebelliousness among teenagers that finds its outlet in drugs, alcohol and illicit sex... Staulcup concludes that rock and roll is the biggest legalized racket this country has ever seen. If we value civilization, we cannot afford to ignore any longer the high correlation between the multibillion dollar hard rock racket and the explosion of drug use and illicit sex among their teenage victims." In 1978, a California music therapist, investigating the effects of rock music on teenagers, administered to 240 school children aged 10 -18 an emotional stability test during which rock was played. The results were then examined by a psychologist who was unaware of the experiment. He concluded that the test had been given in a mental institution." -- Phyllis Schlafly

The Occult Roots of Rock and Roll

Rock Music has been linked with Satanism and occultism since it was invented.
Rock has been accused of incorporating Druidic chants and rhythm to lure listeners into a Hypnotism state where they would be subsceptible to spiritual influence.[8]
Jimi Hendrix associated with practicioners of Voodoo, and used their occult rhythms in his music.[9]
The infamous Satan-worshipping occultist, Aleister Crowley, was a major influence on Rock Music, to the point of his picture appearing on the cover of the Beatles' Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.[10], and he was idolized by later 'musicians' such as Ozzy Osbourne and Marilyn Manson.
Another thing that Crowley emphasized to his readers was that musicians in "Magick" should be able to be 'musical mediums'. Robert Plant, of Led Zeppelin, admitted to using Channeling of "Spiritual" entities to write his lyrics for the infamous "Stairway to Heaven".

""“ ‘I was just sitting there with Pagey in front of a fire at Headley Grange. Pagey had written these chords and he played them for me. I was holding a pencil and paper and for some reason, I was in a very bad mood. Then all of a sudden my hand was writing out the words: “There’s a lady who’s sure, all that glitters is gold, and she’s buying a Stairway to Heaven.” I just sat there and I looked at the words and I almost leapt out of my seat.’”"[11]

Early rock pioneers


See also

External References