The Rock Music Tree

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


Welcome to The Rock Music Tree! Here we write about all things rock music, from the history of the genre to modern bands keeping the spirit alive. If you love rock music, this is the place for you!

The history of rock music

Rock music is a genre of popular music that originated in the United States in the 1950s. The term “rock and roll” is often used as a synonym for rock music. Rock music is rooted in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by rhythm and blues, country music, and blues music. Rock music developed gradually into a distinct genre of popular music in the 1960s and 1970s, with a number of hard rock and heavy metal bands gaining popularity during the 1970s.

The different genres of rock music

Rock music is a diverse genre that has its roots in blues, gospel, and country music. Over the years, rock music has evolved into a variety of different subgenres, each with its own style and sound. Here is a look at some of the most popular genres of rock music:

Classic Rock: This subgenre originated in the 1960s and 1970s and is defined by its distorted guitar sound and heavy use of drums. Classic rock songs are typically about personal topics such as love, loss, and heartbreak.

Hard Rock: Hard rock is a heavier, louder version of classic rock. This subgenre developed in the 1970s and is characterized by its aggressive sound and lyrics. Hard rock songs often deal with dark subject matter such as violence, sex, and drug use.

Progressive Rock: Progressive rock is a more experimental type of rock that originated in the late 1960s. This subgenre is known for its complex song structures and extended instrumental passages. Progressive rock bands often use electronic instruments to create their unique sound.

Punk Rock: Punk rock is a raw and fast-paced type of music that emerged in the mid-1970s. Punk bands often have political lyrics and DIY ethic. This subgenre was initially seen as a reaction against the bloated stadium-rock bands of the time.

Alternative Rock: Alternative rock is a broad term that can describe any type of rock music that doesn’t fit into one of the other established subgenres. This genre often includes elements from other genres such as punk, metal, and folk.

The different subgenres of rock music

While rock music is often seen as a single genre, there are in fact many subgenres that have developed over the years. These subgenres range from the classic sound of early rock ‘n’ roll to the more modern sounds of alternative and indie rock. Below is a list of some of the most popular subgenres of rock music.

Classic Rock: This subgenre is defined by its sound, which is derived from the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. Classic rock songs are usually characterized by their simple structure, basic chord progressions, and catchy melodies.

Hard Rock: Hard rock is a heavier and more aggressive form of classic rock. This subgenre is defined by its distorted guitar sounds, heavy rhythms, and often aggressive lyrics.

Progressive Rock: Progressive rock is a more experimental and cerebral form of rock music. This subgenre is defined by its complex song structures, unusual time signatures, and often extended song lengths.

Alternative Rock: Alternative rock is a catch-all term for any type of rock music that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories. This subgenre can be further divided into many sub-subgenres, such as indie rock, punk rock, and post-punk.

The different subcultures of rock music

Rock music has birthed a thousand subcultures, each with its own identity and sound. Here are just a few of the most significant:

Punk rock was a reaction to the bloated and self-indulgent arena rock of the 1970s. Punk bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and Clash stripped rock music down to its essentials, creating a sound that was fast, loud and abrasive. Punk rockers were often anarchists or anti-establishment youth who rejected mainstream society.

Grunge was a subculture that emerged in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Grunge bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden combined the heavy guitar riffs of metal with the angsty lyrics of punk. The grunge look was characterized by flannel shirts, ripped jeans and unkempt hair.

Britpop was a British musical movement that frequencies in the mid-1990s. Britpop bands like Blur, Oasis and Pulp blended elements of pop music with traditional British rock sounds. The movement was seen as a reaction against American grunge and Britpop bands were often critical of American culture and consumerism.

Indie rock is a catch-all term for any rock music that is released on an independent record label. Indie rock includes subgenres like lo-fi, math rock and emo. Indie rock bands are often signed to small labels or self-release their records.

The different regional scenes of rock music

Rock music developed differently in various regions across the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. The following is a brief guide to some of the most important regional scenes and their distinguishing characteristics.

The Northwest: The Northwest scene was defined by its DIY ethic and independent attitude. Bands in this region were focused on creating their own sound, rather than following trends. Notable bands from the Northwest include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

The Southwest: The Southwest scene was defined by its laid-back attitude and distinctive style of rock music, often referred to as “cowpunk” or “roots rock.” Notable bands from the Southwest include The Eagles, Gram Parsons, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The Midwest: The Midwest scene was defined by its heartland sensibility and focus on classic rock sounds. Bands in this region were heavily influenced by British Invasion groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Notable Midwest bands include Cheap Trick, Bob Seger, and Styx.

The Southeast: The Southeast scene was defined by its southern hospitality and rich musical heritage. This region produced a unique style of rock music that blended elements of country, rhythm and blues, and gospel. Notable Southeast bands include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers Band, and Marshall Tucker Band.

The different rock music festivals

As the popularity of rock music increased in the early 1970s, a number of different rock music festivals began to emerge. The most famous of these was the Isle of Wight Festival, which took place in England in 1970 and featured a lineup of some of the biggest names in rock music at the time, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and The Doors.

Other notable festivals that emerged during this period include Britain’s Glastonbury Festival (which began in 1971), the United States’ Watkins Glen International Speedway (1973), and Germany’s Knebworth Festival (1976). These festivals became increasingly popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s, attracting large crowds of people who wanted to see their favorite bands perform live.

Today, there are still many different rock music festivals taking place around the world, including some that have become extremely well-known, such as Australia’s Big Day Out and America’s Lollapalooza.

The different rock music venues

There are many different types of rock music venues, from small clubs to arenas. Here are some of the most common:

Small clubs
Small clubs are usually intimate places where you can see your favorite band up close. They typically have a capacity of less than 500 people.

Bars often have live music, but they’re not always dedicated music venues. They can be a great place to catch up-and-coming bands, though the sound quality is often not as good as in a dedicated music venue.

Arenas are the largest type of rock music venue, and they can hold tens of thousands of people. The biggest arena tours are typically by established, popular bands.

The different rock music media

Rock music is a genre of music that emerged in the 1950s. It is characterized by a heavy use of electric guitars, drums, and bass. Rock music is often associated with aggressive lyrics and behaviors.

Rock music has been divided into subgenres such as pop rock, classic rock, hard rock, and metal. These subgenres are further divided into sub-sub genres. For example, metal can be divided into subgenres such as death metal and black metal.

The different rock music media include:

-Albums: A collection of recorded songs, typically released as a compact disc or digital download.
-EPs: A shortened form of the album, typically containing 3-5 tracks. EPs are often used to promote upcoming albums or tours.
-Singles: A single recorded song, typically released as a compact disc or digital download. Singles are often used to promote albums or tours.
-Demos: A recording of a song or songs, typically made by an unsigned artist or band in order to secure a record deal.
-Compilations: A collection of previously released songs, often featuring various artists or bands. Compilations are often used to introduce new bands or artists to the public.

The different rock music labels

The Rock Music Tree is a guide to the different rock music labels. The four main labels are independent, major, unsigned, and college.

Independent rock music labels are small companies that are not owned by a larger corporation. They often specialize in a specific genre of music, such as punk or metal. Major rock music labels are owned by large corporations, such as Sony Music or Warner Music Group. They release records by many different artists in all genres of music. Unsigned rock bands are bands that have not been signed by any label. College rock music is made by bands that are signed to college-affiliated record labels or that release their records on their own.

The different rock music merchandise

There are many different rock music merchandise. Some of them are: CDs, T-shirts, posters, and keychains. They all have different purposes. For example, a CD can be used to listen to music, while a T-shirt can be worn to show support for a band. posters can be put up on walls to show support for a band, and keychains can be used to hold keys or as a fashion accessory.

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