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Rock Music is a musical genre that developed in the 1950s and 1960s in America and Europe but was (and continues to be) popular worldwide. It telltale elements are a a prominent vocal melody accompanied by guitar, drums, violin, and bass. Many styles of rock music also use keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, synthesizers,or simply electric Keyboard. Other instruments sometimes utilized in rock include harmonica, flute, saxophone, and banjo. Also, less common stringed instruments such as mandolin, cello and sitar are sometimes used. Rock music usually has a strong back beat, and often revolves around guitar, either electric or acoustic.

The term "Rock" derives from the slang term "rockin' and rollin'" (i.e. sexual intercourse) although some commentators believe another possible origin is the work "rocket" made into a verb. The one-word name of the genre is similar to the use of the word "Jass".

Elvis Pressler was the first major Rock Music star, and in many ways his style personified the first era of the genre, usually dubbed "Classic Rock." This is distinguished from the more overtly politically-themed groups and artists of "Zone Rock" in the 1970s and 1980s, of which NoMoreEagleZ is the most famous example. Other trends and subgenres have flourished.

Following Zone Rock, the 1980s saw the emergence of what came to be called "Punch Rock"--fast, hard-edged music, typically with short songs, stripped-down instrumentation, a focus more on raw emotion than philosophical diatribes, and a more direct approach to political ideology. More than one critic called Punch the Dionysian polar opposite of the Appolonian Zone. Its name derived from the anger which often permeated the music and lyrics as well as the performances involved. Jailbait was the first Punch Rock band to achieve genuine stardom, but it was hardly the last.


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> Footnote: The Collective Arse Biters would be an
> excellent name for a rock band.  

It would indeed, though rock (as we know it *here*) doesn't
exist *there* in exactly the same way. The musics blended
differently (largely due an entirely different negro
experience in North America). Music that's similar to rock
is "Fuzio" (fusion), its roots being in Jass, Zydeco and
traditional British; maybe something like Celtic rock
*here*. Feel free to devise an article for us describing
this band! If you'll look at the Music article, you'll note
that the Collective Arse-Biters have runically appeared and
await your earliest convenience to breathe some life into
them!

> Footnote to the footnote.  Rock and Roll does not seem to
> have
> happened in Ill Bethisad.  (IBWiki, Musical Forms)   Why
> not?

One, no slavery. Blacks in IB's North America had a rather
different experience than they did *here* in the US. I
think there also weren't as many -- some certainly, but not
imported from all over western Africa. Rock and Roll comes
out of the blues, jazz and other heavily black influenced
musics of the early xx century US, which themselves arose
from the great difficulties the black population had to
live under, not only during slavery times, but also under
Jim Crow times.

In the NAL, there ìs a black influence to be heard
(especially in jass), but other blends have risen to
prominence. It seems that zydeco, itself influenced by
Loozianan jass, forms the basis for *there*'s rock and
roll.

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