Innovative and unlike anything else that had ever happened before in music, Rock emerged in the early 1950s as a music that for the first time catered almost exclusively to the youth of the day. It helped erase the racial divide between black and white America, and also caught on rapidly in Britain, and other parts of Europe, notably Germany. British rock groups became a major influence on rock music in the U.S. The major raw creative force of rock music began to wane in the 1970s, so that mainstream rock had lost its creative drive by 1990. It gave way, however, to even rawer versions of the genre with various forms of heavy metal, and along with it punk rock, and grunge (alternative) rock.
Rock music has always been rebellious in spirit. As for 1960s counterculture and folk rockers such as Bob Dylan, rebellion was an integral part of their acoustic and electric music. Social causes were dominant in rock music through the 1960s and into the 1970s, with famous rockers becoming cultural statesmen.
Rock has its roots in 1940s and 1950s and was heavily influenced by blues, rhythm and blues and country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical sources.
Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar and drums. Typically, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse-chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis.
Most rock bands include a vocalist, a guitarist, a bassist and a drummer, forming a quartet. Some groups omit one or more of these functions and use a vocalist who plays an instrument while singing, sometimes forming a trio or duo. Others still add extra musicians, such as one or two guitarists and keyboardist. More rarely groups also use saxophonists or trumpeters and even instruments such as violins or cellos.
Much more than a musical genre, Rock music created a way of life. It set the benchmark of behavior for thousands of people, and it influenced their style of dressing, acting and speaking.
Best Rock Clubs in SL
In Second Life you can visit several clubs, have fun and dance, while listening to the great hits that represent the various styles of rock from the past few decades.
Wet Willie's Rock Club
If you want to have fun, listening to good music and dancing to classic rock, Wet Willie's is the perfect destination for you. The Club is popular in Second Life, where young and old music lovers come 24/7 to dance and enjoy 70's and 80's rock, blues and more in an eclectic urban and tropical setting.
Ohana Rock Club
If you want to hear good music, come join the fun in the welcoming place of Second Life for the best of rock of all ages. With live DJs playing their favorite rock orders, there's something for everyone's musical taste! The hosts are there to keep you entertained.
If you are a fan of classic rock from the 60s 70s & 80s, Greased Lightning is the ideal destination for you. The club features great music and great hosts.
Wild Angels Rock Club & Loung
For good music and fun times, you should go see Wild Angels. The Club is all about hospitality and rock music. If you want to feel right at home, this is the place for you. In Wild Angels, there's no room for drama, just rock!
Purple Gator Rock Club & Blues Club
Purple Gator features live DJ's and musicians, dancing, weekly themed events and more for you to have fun and listen to the best of rock. This rock club plays hits from the 60's through 90's, blues, southern rock and country.
Come have fun and enjoy the best of Rock in Second Life!