U.S. culture (week 33): Rock and Roll

HTP is committed to maintaining a strong cultural component of it J-1 Program and regularly publishes topics related to U.S. culture. This week, HTP Program Manager Kira Udo discusses Rock and Roll.

Rock and Roll is a genre of music that originated and evolved in the US in the 40’s and 50’s; particularly in the southern United States. There is some argument on where specifically and who was the first but that is neither here nor there.

Elvis-Presley-9446466-1-402elvis_presley_hawaii-e1337057269730Rock and Roll is such a broad topic; so this week I surveyed my coworkers and Facebook friends for a little help and when asked, “What is the first ‘American’ thing you think of when you see the phrase ‘Rock and Roll’?” generally Elvis Presley topped the list; the King of Rock and Roll. I could go on for days about the phenomenon that was Elvis Presley but since that isn’t feasible I’ll give you a short story and a link to the Wikipedia page if you want to read more. Elvis was a sensation in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He was an actor, a musician, and a singer that crowds rioted over. He was the most popular and controversial Hollywood star of his time and some argue the 20th Century. I believe he began the revolutionary change of music so that it could evolve into what it has today.

The second most popular answer was the electric guitar. I am not going to pretend to be an expert on guitars (and I know the first instruments that we now call guitars were made in Europe) but Rock and Roll helped transform the standard guitar into the electric guitar.

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The last subject I am going to write about is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is located in Cleveland, Ohio and if you have a chance to take a trip and see it, it’s worth the drive. There you can learn everything there is to know about Rock and Roll and how it came about.

Fun fact from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website: “The first induction dinner was held at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in January 1986. Inductees include Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Little Richard.”

Rock and Roll encompasses so much here in the American culture that it would be impossible to go over it all. However if you are interested in some other topics that relate you could check out; Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and Poison. If you want a good laugh check out this link.

As always if you have any questions or a topic you would like to discuss please leave a note in the comment box.

Thanks for reading!

All information above obtained from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_roll

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Roll_Hall_of_Fame

http://rockhall.com/visit-the-museum/learn/history-and-overview/

 

 

 

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