In modern history, three of the most popular and meaningful music genres are definitely rock, jazz and blues. These three also could be considered close relatives, the rupture that jazz meant for the canons of composition and execution was fundamental for the emergence of rock and, on the other hand, many can say that blues is a kind of melancholic exploration of jazz. Let’s explore these three fundamental genres in musical culture:
But how to know this if it’s not following that story hearing it?
Although like other arts, music also has its technical specificities, its theories, and foundations, here it’s also possible to have a first approach only through pleasure and satisfaction, with pleasure as our only and first criterion: Listen to what you like and enjoy, pause anything that doesn’t.
We all know that after the American Civil War, and as they began to be free, black people began to create music that would also captivate whites, and that would create two streams: blues and jazz. The first was closely linked with the spirituals, but with the difference that it began with guitar performances, while jazz used the guitar little, but included other rare instruments in the blues like the trumpet, clarinet, and others.
Both styles became the basis of the spectacle of black nightclubs, but with the difference that jazz was generally danceable, and blues was not. Over the years, great musicians appeared in jazz, who formed the so-called “big bands”, which in turn discovered new values, with different styles and new currents or schools, at the same time that they began to enter that white musician’s world.
But this was not the same in the blues, where the environment was closed, reluctant to foreign changes or influences and more reserved for blacks, which caused that, in the following decades, jazz grew by leaps and bounds. Blues had some periods of splendor and others where creativity was very poor.
Nobody imagined that during the decade of the ’50 a new musical revolution would come: rock & roll. Thanks to Bill Halley who recorded “Rock around the clock”, the first song recognized as belonging to this new genre that in a short time conquered millions.
After Halley’s furor in 1954, the first rockers began to appear: first, it was Elvis Presley, who as a truck driver, came from singing country songs in towns during his trips, or in his hometown in Tupelo, and also in Memphis.
And then there are other white musicians that adopt the new rhythm; like Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and Brenda Lee. But blacks were not left behind and contributed with valuable artists such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Bo Diddley, among others.
What came next, from the 50s, the British invasion, the diversification of the rock and other relevant subgenres that set milestones in the postmodern culture, like punk in the late 70s, the rise of metal in the 80s, the grunge era on the 90s and all the incredible amount of bands that enriched our musical heritage in the new millennium, to present day is history.