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Title: The History of Rock Music

Best of Rock Music
  • Consequence of Sound

Led Zeppelin
  • Jimmy Paige, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and
    John Bonham revolutionized rock and roll music in
    the late 60s and early 70s. With face melting
    guitar solos by Jimmy Paige, thumping blues bass
    riffs of Jones, the shrill piercing voice of
    Plant, and backing drums of Bonham, Led Zeppelin
    experimented the full range of what rock and roll
    music could be. Perhaps the best all time rock
    and roll group, Zeppelin put out nine full length
    albums in just over a ten year period.

The Doors
  • Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and
    John Densmore helped pioneer the psychedelic rock
    movement of the early 60s. Forming in 1965 in
    Los Angeles, Jim Morrisons vocal stylings pushed
    The Doors into the spotlight, his dominating,
    wailing voice and insane stage antics championing
    their live performances. The Doors were once of
    the first rock and roll bands of the 60s to
    experiment with keyboards and synthesizers as an
    instrumental part of their sound. Unfortunately
    The Doors tenure was cut short by the death of
    Jim Morrison at the age of 27

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell
    formed one of the first great Brit psychedelic
    rock bands of the 60s (the Beatles and Stones
    dont truly fall under this category). Jimi
    Hendrix might be held as one the greatest
    guitarist of all time. A natural lefty who
    filliped his guitar over to play it right handed
    as lefty reinvented some of the ways people
    thought about playing the guitar. The Jimi
    Hendrix Experience was one of the first bands to
    execute the power trio of guitar, bass, and

The Rolling Stones
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards make up the bulk
    of the Rolling Stones, followed by other past
    musicians and musicians they currently tour with,
    Jagger and Richards are accredited with a
    majority of the creative genius of the Stones.
    The Rolling Stones were one of the first stadium
    rock bands to pack full houses of sports
    stadiums and actually have a great sound while
    doing it. The Stones blue MM rider became
    something of famous legend, in which the rider
    was placed to ensure the venues cared enough
    about their music to get even the tiniest details
    correct before they would go out and perform.

Pink Floyd
  • Originally Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters,
    and Richard Wright, Pink Floyd added David
    Gilmour after Barretts mental breakdown from
    drug abuse. The British psychedelic rock band
    became famous for more progressive rock stylings,
    as well, Pink Floyd was one of the first rock
    bands to conceptualize their albums as one piece
    of art. All the songs on each album would lend
    themselves to a higher theme or idea, making
    their albums The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals,
    Wish You Were Here, and The Wall massively
    popular in the 70s.

  • Arguably one of the best stadium rock bands of
    all time, Queens ability to control audiences is
    legendary. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John
    Deacon, and Roger Taylor formed in 1970 in
    London. A true rock band of the time, Queen
    rarely broke from rock and roll into psychedelic
    or other types of rock music, but Mercurys voice
    powered them into the stratosphere of fame. Songs
    like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions,
    and We Will Rock You became anthems for
    generations following Mercurys death.

  • Nirvana championed the 90s punk rock movement.
    The Washington trio of Kurt Cobain, Krist
    Novoselic, and Dave Grohl immortalized the punk
    rock aesthetic of loud, in your face grunge rock
    music. They destroyed how people thought about
    rock and roll music in the 90s, they played a
    harder more visceral type of rock and roll most
    had never heard before. Accompanied with
    brilliantly dark lyricism from Kurt Cobain, the
    groups second major album Nevermind brought them
    unimaginable stardom, which ultimately drove Kurt
    to suicide at the age of 27.

The Who
  • One of the earlier bands of the British rock
    invasion consisting of Roger Daltrey, Pete
    Townshend, John Entwistle, and Kieth Moon, The
    Who became famous for a more mainstream type of
    rock and roll. Some critics now deem some of The
    Whos music as hard rock or power pop, the band
    became famous for their classic guitar licks and
    power ballads.

The Beatles
  • Last but certainly not least, the arguably most
    influential band of all rock and roll, and
    perhaps the band that started rock and roll The
    Beatles. Britain's first rock band consisted of
    John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and
    George Harrison. The evolution of sound the
    Beatles produced was unheard of, from where they
    started to where they ended, with the amount of
    music they produced, a group such as the Beatles
    will never be heard of again. They transformed
    the genre of rock and roll music from early pop
    rock beginnings to the psychedelic
    transformations in the Sgt. Peppers Lonely
    Hearts Club Band and The Beatles (White Album).
    In only a mere ten year span, the Beatles put out
    12 full length albums and a plethora of
    unreleased music still hangs around in the

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