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The History of Rock Music

written by: Gilligan
It's amazing to look through the years and see how each artist was influenced by someone before them. Let's follow the chain from Elvis to the present day. It would take a hundred questions to do this topic justice, so we'll just have to take a casual glance at the past fifty or so years in popular music. Enjoy!

Question 1:

Like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra before him, Elvis Presley became the newest heartthrob at the microphone. This time, however, the teen idol brought a new form of music to the mainstream - rock and roll.
This 1954 hit by Elvis is arguably the first rock and roll record.
"Johnny Be Good"
"That's All Right (Mama)"
"Roll Over Beethoven"
"Rock Around the Clock"

Question 2:

By the early 1960's this new form of music had started to get watered down. The rawness and rough edges were gone, and rock and roll seemed destined for blandness.
This artist released such radio friendly songs as "Roses Are Red (My Love)", "Blue on Blue" and "Blue Velvet".
Bobby Vinton
Paul Anka
Frankie Avalon
Pat Boone

Question 3:

A second era in rock music began with the arrival of the Fab Four. The Beatles would breathe new life into rock & roll and become the most successful and influential band of all time.
Which of the following bands were NOT part of the so-called British Invasion?
The Who
The Byrds
The Rolling Stones
The Beatles

Question 4:

By the late 1960's, rock music started to get adventurous. Even the Monkees were releasing psychedelic music, and The Beatles made the LP into an art form with Revolver and Sgt. Pepper.
Which psychedelic pioneer released the influential album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967?
The Doors
The Velvet Underground
Pink Floyd

Question 5:

In the early 1970's, there was a reaction against the over-the-top excesses of psychedelic music. The singer-songwriter movement was psychedelic music's polar opposite, and often nothing more than a musician and his or her acoustic guitar.
This singer-songwriter released "You've Got a Friend" in 1971.
Jim Croce
Cat Stevens
James Taylor
Jackson Browne

Question 6:

In the early 1970's, bands like Led Zeppelin and Grand Funk Railroad initiated a form of rock devised specifically for large concert venues. By mid-decade, stadium or arena rock was in full swing, and bands with "big sounds" like Boston and Queen dominated the music scene until the 1980's.
Which of the following arena-rock bands released the singles "Come Sail Away", "Babe", and "Lady"?

Question 7:

Punk rock was largely a reaction against stadium filling bands like Pink Floyd and other so-called "pretentious" rock acts. Punk songs were short and raw, and would never dream of containing long guitar solos or complex themed albums like their arena rock "enemies".
What was the name of the Sex Pistols' controversial lead singer?
Johnny Rotten
Henry Rollins
Joe Strummer
Joey Ramone

Question 8:

Punk rock was, by its very nature, destined to self-destruct. Many punk bands like Blondie began to "morph" into a friendlier brand of music called New Wave. This shift coincided with a new television channel called MTV that suited their aristic style perfectly.
Which of the following former punk musicians became "New Wave" with the release of the albums: Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming?
Adam and the Ants
Talking Heads
Dexy's Midnight Runners
Bow Wow Wow

Question 9:

Heavy metal had its origins with Black Sabbath back in 1970, but it was this band's 1980 heavy metal masterpiece, British Steel, that sent metal on its path to world domination. By the latter half of the 1980's, bands like Ratt, Def Leppard, and Motley Crue would emerge that were perfectly suited for the excesses that characterized the 80's.
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest

Question 10:

By the 1990's, heavy metal was almost unrecognizable from its ancestors. There simply wasn't much "metal" left in bands like Poison, Warrant, White Lion and Winger. So, the time was absolutely right for a new brand of music called "grunge" to cut through the artificial fluff in much the same way as The Beatles did in 1963 (see questions 2 and 3). Instead of Liverpool, however, this time the bands would predominantly eminate from which city?
Los Angeles
New Orleans

Question 11:

The 2000s so far (2008) find rock music in a definite downward slope. Hip Hop and R&B dominate the charts, and rock music seems to be unable to produce any bands that can create much of an impact. Most rock bands are either a hybrid (like rap-metal or pop-punk) or a revival of something old (like garage rock).
Which garage rock revival band consists of only two members, and began their career in Detroit?
The Strokes
The Killers
The White Stripes
Franz Ferdinand


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