This essay is about the development of Rock music during the 1950's to the 1960's. It shows popular artists, tenage trends and more.

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Rock Music is one of the most common types of music heard today. Rock started as an American phenomenon and grew to international proportions. This music then diversified into an array of distinctive styles. Rock music was and still is the music teenagers enjoy listening to. It's their music different from their parents and helps gives them their identity.

During the late 1930s, the young saw their fathers and brothers enrobed in uniforms and disappeared to places and fight for their country. After the bombs were dropped, and the war was over the fathers and brothers returned home around 1945. Now, Society was more advance and people were anxious to enjoy the world to which they had given so dearly to make free. The products of these desires began to trigger the glorious roar of rock music. Rock was a mixture of many styles of music. Its major influence began in the jungles of Africa.

The Africans were taken by Americans as slaves and transported to America. Their throbbing rhythms were then mixed with the chordal patterns of white mans music to form styles such as Jazz, Blues and country. All these styles and more were combined to form rock music. Rock music was then broken down into various styles. Some include: art rock, hip-hop, punk, pop, folk rock, heavy metal and rap.

Some of the most influential people to rock music were black performers such as Little Richard and Chuck Berry. Little Richard, stage name for Richard Wayne Penniman was an American pianist and singer and was known for his outrageous stage antics and his amazing falsetto scream. His performances, costume, make up and stage antics influenced Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and James Brown. His singing influenced many rock bands including 'The Beatles' and 'The Rollin' Stones'. Chuck berry...