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Jimi Hendrix - 1,690 words
On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born as John Allen Hendrix in Washington at Seattle General Hospital. His childhood was not a privileged one, however, he did indulge himself in one particular way: Jimi loved to play the guitar. At first he played an old acoustic, and later a cheap Silvertone electric, which were both strung for a lefty on a right-handed guitar, one of the defining Hendrix traits (Murray 34- 5) . As a teenager, young Jimi listened to the music which affected his music so greatly later: everyone from Buddy Holly to Muddy Waters and through Chuck Berry way back to Eddie Cochrane (Wilmer 38). He played in a few bands in high school, but then dropped out before his senior ...
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Madonnas Remake Of American Pie - 609 words
Bye Bye, Miss American Pie. Hello, Madonna "Bye Bye, Miss American Pie. Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry" "American Pie", sung by Don McLean, was originally released in 1971. The song was written as a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper who died tragically in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. "American Pie" not only pays homage to three talented musicians, but also serves as an allegory to the history of music. Although the original song was written about twenty-nine years ago, people can today still recall most of the lyrics that Don McLean created. The legacy of "American Pie" is greater than words. The song took over the airwaves and the conscious ...
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Not Fade Away - 824 words
The music, and namely three characters, Joshua, Donna, and the ghost in Not Fade Away, are the most important elements to the book. The title alone is a song by the Grateful Dead, and throughout the entire book, music is present. George Gastin is out on the road the entire book, just like a "rolling stone," and the music is what keeps him upbeat and going. Whether George was chilling out listening to his bud Big Red Loco play the saxophone, or dancing in the car to Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, or Buddy Holly, the music was what made George feel good. George got into the music after a plane crash that claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper, J.P. Richardson. He b ...
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Music - 1,605 words
Rock n roll is, and will always be, here to stay. The frontier spirit of rock n roll is an attitude that is common among American Pioneers and includes style, originality, and a willingness to push the limits. From Elvis to the Beatles and Buddy Holly to The Doors; bands have been astounding us with new and inventive sounds of rock n roll. But rock n roll wasnt always around, so how did it start? Ever since the 20s, and the introduction of Jazz, young people became interested in different types of music. A different type of music came around in the 50s, rock n roll. A new style of music for a new generation. The style of rock n roll was a mix of two older forms of music, Jazz and Blues. A ty ...
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Songs Of America - 1,840 words
"Singing...bye bye, Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levy...but the levy was dry.... These lyrics, this song, sung today by Madonna, and years ago, a song that my Dad probably sung..as written by Don Mclean in the 70's, symbolized for many an aspect of America of the 60's and 70's. Who was the American, and what did it mean to be American? What did America mean or represent? When I listen to that song, I see different things than what my dad probably saw. To talk to my dad, you'd learn that the song Miss Ameican Pie, contained the entire history of Rock and Roll. He would tell you that McLean wrote the song whenh is idol, Buddy Holly was killed. That McLean opened a bunch of newspape ...
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Beatlemania - 779 words
Fashion and music play a major role in influencing teenagers. Today, fashion and music are very diverse, with many different styles of dress and a variety of music. But it wasnt always like this. Bellbottoms, platform shoes, and Rock-and-Roll dominated the 1960s. And with Rock-and-Roll came the Beatles and Beatlemania. Beatlemania swept over the United States in the 1960s.The Beatles began in 1957 as teenage boys playing in cellars and drive bars in Liverpool, England, and Humburg, Germany.(Wilkenson, p.1) The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. John Lennon to one author was never able to deal with the compromise that he had to make as a part of T ...
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History Of Beatles - 1,192 words
Probably the most popular, influential and enduring rock group of all time, the Beatles almost single-handedly reshaped rock 'n' roll from a genre of throwaway singles by faceless stars to an artistic medium with memorable images and idols. The Beatles placed the emphasis on a group, rather than a single individual, like Frank Sinatra or Elvis. They also set an example for all rock n roll bands to follow with their strong sense of self-determination, going against their record company and management on many issues, even refusing to tour at the height of their popularity. Of course, their countless hit singles have become modern-day folk songs, covered by hundreds of individuals and groups an ...
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The Effect Of Rock And Roll On The American Economy - 1,465 words
How has Rock and Roll Effected the American Economy? Consider, if you will, the life of a teenager living in the 1940's. The Great Depression was finally coming to an end, but the memories of the rough times would scar its sufferers for a lifetime. Caused by a number of serious weaknesses in the economy, the depression saw a rapid decline in the production and sale of goods, as well as a sudden, severe rise in unemployment. Businesses and banks closed their doors, people lost their jobs, homes, and savings; many people depended on charity to survive (**encarta**). Teenagers were given a tremendous amount of responsibility. While their fathers were out doing what little work there was, it was ...
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The Three Most Influencial Bands Of The 60s - 1,988 words
The 1960s are said to be the most prolific decade in all of music. Many bands of this decade have proven to have enormous effects on music, as we know it. Jimi Hendrix is said to be the greatest rock and roll guitarist of all time. The greats, like Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, have all said that he truly made the guitar speak and transformed it into an art. The Doors were true innovators and turned rock into an art form, by skillfully blending rock and poetry. No one can deny that they were revolutionaries who set the standard for rock being a defiant type of music, but with meaning in its lyrics. It is impossible to talk about musical influence and not speak of The Beatles. No other ban ...
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The Three Most Influencial Bands Of The 60s - 2,010 words
... ms with the authorities and the media. The first real bad thing they did was probably the worst. They were really getting hot across the country and they were invited to the Ed Sullivan Show. They were to play Light My Fire. The network executives wanted them to not use their own lyrics because they were too sexual. Little did they know that Morrison would not only say, Light My Fire but turn to the camera and yell it. They were basically finished on TV after this stunt. Other than that, they would often have problems with police at their shows, where Jim would purposely mock them. During the late 1960s, the bands often sang of peace and love, while people were tripping on acid. The Door ...
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50th Anniversary Of Rock 'n' Roll. - 444 words
1954 has been, quite arbitrarily, chosen as the year Rock 'n' Roll found it's most important voice. Therefore, taking a pragmatic view, 2004 is the 50th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll! And the singer chosen to epitomise the event is the one and only, Elvis Presley 1935-1977. Arguably the most versatile vocalist ever to enter a recording studio. His amazing versions of "That's All right Mama", and, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" on the Sun label, is the seminal single, which launched a career so meteoric we are still to this day feeling and hearing it's repercussions. The later RCA singles , "Heartbreak Hotel"/ "I Was The One", "Hound Dog"/ "Don't Be Cruel", and "Love Me Tender" etc., copper fastened ...
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Timeline 1945-1964 - 1,308 words
1945 Ho Chi Minh and his People's Congress create the National Liberation Committee of Vietnam to form a provisional government following the surrender of Japan to Allied forces and Japan transfers all power to Ho's Vietminh. President Roosevelt dies Making good on his threat to unleash "...a rain of ruin the like of which has never been seen on earth...," President Harry Truman authorizes the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan -- one on Hiroshima on August 6, and a second on Nagasaki on August 9. The Japanese surrender. Ho Declares Independence of Vietnam. British Forces Land in Saigon, Return Authority to French. 1946 France recognizes Vietnam as a "free state" within the French Union. ...
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How The Beatles Took America's Hearts - 1,821 words
It is now 6:30 A.M. Beatle time. The left London 30 minutes ago. Theyre out over the Atlantic Ocean heading for New York. The temperature is 32 Beatle Degrees(Szatmary 113). The transistor radio reported every few minutes on the morning of Friday, February 7, 1964. It was a day that would mark a musical milestone sending shockwaves through the United States. The plane landed, the Beatles stepped out, and for the first time Americans caught a glimpse of these young men with their long hair and their mod cut suits. The Beatles had landed, Elvis had left the building, and for the first time, Americans were embracing a British band as the standard. Rather than crediting the Beatles and their pro ...
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Complete History Of The Beatles Phenomenon - 1,017 words
Probably the most popular, influential and enduring rock group of all time, the Beatles almost single-handedly reshaped rock 'n' roll from a genre of throwaway singles by faceless stars to an artistic medium with recognizable images and idols. The Beatles placed the emphasis on a group, rather than a single individual. They also set an example for all rock acts to follow with their strong sense of self-determination, going against their record company and management on many issues, even refusing to tour at the height of their popularity. Of course, their countless hit singles have become modern-day folk songs, covered by hundreds of individuals and groups and inspiring countless more, and ha ...
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Music Of The 60s - 1,247 words
The beginning of Rock and roll started with The Twist. by Chubby Checker This song changed our dancing moves. Other dance songs that helped this period of rock and roll along include: The Mash Potato, The Monster Mash ,the Pony, The Swim, The Jerk, The Monkey, and The Hully Gully. The first New York white rock star was Dion. He was the lead singer of the band the Belmonts. He was one of the the few rockers in his generation to evidence serious artistic growth (Unterberger). He moved into Country Blues, and Dylan material with sensitivity ,but drug problems slowed his progress until the late 60s. He made a comeback as a folk-rock singer with his song Abraham ,martin and John. Dion was one of ...
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