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About Rock & Roll
Rock is a form of popular music from the late 20th century which typically features a vocal melody (often with vocal harmony) that is supported by accompaniment of electric guitars, a bass guitar, and drums, often with a strong back beat. Keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, or synthesizers are often used in many types of rock music. While brass instruments, such as saxophone were common in some styles in earlier development of rock, they are less common in the newer subgenres of rock music since the 1990s. The genre of rock music is broad, and its boundaries loosely-defined, with related genres such as soul and funk sometimes being included in the definition of the term.
A major formative influence on rock was rock and roll, and rockabilly. In the 1960s, as British rock developed, the term "rock music" became popular. With the "British Invasion" this reinvigorated musical style spread back to the United States, and became an international cultural phenomenon with considerable social impact. Rock has has evolved into a multitude of highly-varying styles with widespread popularity.
Rock & roll (also known as rock 'n' roll), is a defined genre of music that originated in the Southern United States in the 1950s, and quickly spread to the rest of the country and on to the world. It later evolved into the various sub-genres of what is now called simply 'rock'. From the late 1950s to the mid 1990s rock was one of the most popular form of music in the western world. Rock and roll is typically played with an electric guitar, an electric bass guitar, a drum kit, and sometimes a piano or keyboard. In the early rock and roll style of the early 1950s, the saxophone was often the lead instrument, replaced by guitar in the late 1950's.