The Roots of Rock

By Hope Allison

Rock 'N' Roll reigned supreme as the most popular genre of music during the 20th century. Though it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when rock 'n' roll broke off from its preceding genres, its birth was entwined with the rise in youth culture after World War II. Today, the popularity of rock's classic forms have been overshadowed by pop, hip-hop, and other styles, and with the many changes to the genre over the years, there's serious debate as to what has had the most impact. But there are two ingredients that have defined rock throughout many decades- a strong beat and a catchy melody...

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