They were antiestablishment and revelled in it. An outcry occurred when the Pistols made their infamous appearance on The Tonight Show , on December 1, The dialogue between host Bill Grundy and a sneering Johnny Rotten went as follows:. After having changed the face of music, both in terms of image and sonics, the Pistols were saddled with a rather more unsavoury legacy. That of Sid Vicious, the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, and his heroin addiction.
Yes, drugs and drink will forever be a part of rock, and it would be foolish to believe otherwise.
And that makes them dangerous — generally to themselves. Nowhere was safe from their excess, either: cocaine was consumed in huge quantities; vintage wine was consumed by the case-full. The band even took to using chainsaws to destroy hotel rooms; the obligatory television hurled from a hotel room window — the higher up the better — was almost tame by comparison to the other destruction that was being wrought. That's one of the hazards of that kind of a lifestyle. But that was much later on. During those days in the 70s I never really felt like we were off the tracks. It used to be pussy, cars and money.
But I — well, not really have to be careful, you know? Ever done it? Look at my face. I fly every day of my life. I put on three coats of moisturiser in the morning so my face doesn't dry out… Whaddaya mean, settle down? Are you nuts? Have kids? I heard about it. While both bands were living life to the full, somehow Bonham and Moon were living it a little fuller. Moon was larger than life in more ways than one.
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He regularly destroyed kits, and once even blew one up. And as for hotel rooms, no one was safe. He once paid some taxi drivers in New York to cut off a street so that he could chuck the furniture from his room into the street below safely — well, at least he had safety in mind! The era also saw the growth in popularity of the electric guitar , and the development of a specifically rock and roll style of playing through such exponents as Chuck Berry, Link Wray , and Scotty Moore.
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In the United Kingdom, the trad jazz and folk movements brought visiting blues music artists to Britain. Commentators have traditionally perceived a decline of rock and roll in the late s and early s. By , the death of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens in a plane crash, the departure of Elvis for the army, the retirement of Little Richard to become a preacher, prosecutions of Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry and the breaking of the payola scandal which implicated major figures, including Alan Freed, in bribery and corruption in promoting individual acts or songs , gave a sense that the rock and roll era established at that point had come to an end.
The term pop has been used since the early 20th century to refer to popular music in general, but from the mids it began to be used for a distinct genre, aimed at a youth market, often characterized as a softer alternative to rock and roll. The period of the later s and early s has traditionally been seen as an era of hiatus for rock and roll. Rock and roll had not disappeared at the end of the s and some of its energy can be seen in the Twist dance craze of the early s, mainly benefiting the career of Chubby Checker.
Cliff Richard had the first British rock and roll hit with " Move It ", effectively ushering in the sound of British rock. Also significant was the advent of soul music as a major commercial force. The instrumental rock and roll of performers such as Duane Eddy , Link Wray and the Ventures was developed by Dick Dale , who added distinctive "wet" reverb , rapid alternate picking, and Middle Eastern and Mexican influences.
He produced the regional hit " Let's Go Trippin' " in and launched the surf music craze, following up with songs like " Misirlou " Surf music achieved its greatest commercial success as vocal music, particularly the work of the Beach Boys , formed in in Southern California. Their early albums included both instrumental surf rock among them covers of music by Dick Dale and vocal songs, drawing on rock and roll and doo wop and the close harmonies of vocal pop acts like the Four Freshmen.
They drew on a wide range of American influences including s rock and roll, soul, rhythm and blues, and surf music,  initially reinterpreting standard American tunes and playing for dancers. Bands like the Animals from Newcastle and Them from Belfast ,  and particularly those from London like the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds , were much more directly influenced by rhythm and blues and later blues music. Beat bands tended towards "bouncy, irresistible melodies", while early British blues acts tended towards less sexually innocent, more aggressive songs, often adopting an anti-establishment stance.
There was, however, particularly in the early stages, considerable musical crossover between the two tendencies. During the week of 4 April , the Beatles held twelve positions on the Billboard Hot singles chart, including the entire top five. The Beatles went on to become the biggest selling rock band of all time and they were followed into the US charts by numerous British bands. The British Invasion helped internationalize the production of rock and roll, opening the door for subsequent British and Irish performers to achieve international success.
Garage rock was a raw form of rock music, particularly prevalent in North America in the mids and so called because of the perception that it was rehearsed in the suburban family garage. There were also regional variations in many parts of the country with flourishing scenes particularly in California and Texas. The style had been evolving from regional scenes as early as The British Invasion greatly influenced garage bands, providing them with a national audience, leading many often surf or hot rod groups to adopt a British influence, and encouraging many more groups to form.
It is generally agreed that garage rock peaked both commercially and artistically around Particularly significant was the release of Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton Beano album , considered one of the seminal British blues recordings and the sound of which was much emulated in both Britain and the United States. Many of the songs on their first three albums, and occasionally later in their careers, were expansions on traditional blues songs.
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In America, blues rock had been pioneered in the early s by guitarist Lonnie Mack ,  but the genre began to take off in the mids as acts developed a sound similar to British blues musicians. Geils Band and Jimi Hendrix with his power trios , the Jimi Hendrix Experience which included two British members, and was founded in Britain , and Band of Gypsys , whose guitar virtuosity and showmanship would be among the most emulated of the decade. Early blues rock bands often emulated jazz, playing long, involved improvisations, which would later be a major element of progressive rock.
From about bands like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience had moved away from purely blues-based music into psychedelia. By the s, the scene that had developed out of the American folk music revival had grown to a major movement, utilising traditional music and new compositions in a traditional style, usually on acoustic instruments.
Early attempts to combine elements of folk and rock included the Animals' " House of the Rising Sun " , which was the first commercially successful folk song to be recorded with rock and roll instrumentation  and the Beatles " I'm a Loser " , arguably the first Beatles song to be influenced directly by Dylan. Tambourine Man " which topped the charts in These acts directly influenced British performers like Donovan and Fairport Convention. Folk-rock reached its peak of commercial popularity in the period —68, before many acts moved off in a variety of directions, including Dylan and the Byrds, who began to develop country rock.
Psychedelic music's LSD -inspired vibe began in the folk scene. Progressive rock, a term sometimes used interchangeably with art rock , moved beyond established musical formulas by experimenting with different instruments, song types, and forms. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy and science fiction. Greater commercial success was enjoyed by Pink Floyd, who also moved away from psychedelia after the departure of Syd Barrett in , with The Dark Side of the Moon , seen as a masterpiece of the genre, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The instrumental strand of the genre resulted in albums like Mike Oldfield 's Tubular Bells , the first record, and worldwide hit, for the Virgin Records label, which became a mainstay of the genre. In the late s, jazz-rock emerged as a distinct subgenre out of the blues-rock, psychedelic, and progressive rock scenes, mixing the power of rock with the musical complexity and improvisational elements of jazz.
AllMusic states that the term jazz-rock "may refer to the loudest, wildest, most electrified fusion bands from the jazz camp, but most often it describes performers coming from the rock side of the equation. In Britain the subgenre of blues rock, and many of its leading figures, like Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce of the Eric Clapton -fronted band Cream , had emerged from the British jazz scene. Often highlighted as the first true jazz-rock recording is the only album by the relatively obscure New York-based the Free Spirits with Out of Sight and Sound British acts to emerge in the same period from the blues scene, to make use of the tonal and improvisational aspects of jazz, included Nucleus  and the Graham Bond and John Mayall spin-off Colosseum.
From the psychedelic rock and the Canterbury scenes came Soft Machine, who, it has been suggested, produced one of the artistically successfully fusions of the two genres. Perhaps the most critically acclaimed fusion came from the jazz side of the equation, with Miles Davis , particularly influenced by the work of Hendrix, incorporating rock instrumentation into his sound for the album Bitches Brew It was a major influence on subsequent rock-influenced jazz artists, including Herbie Hancock , Chick Corea and Weather Report.
Reflecting on developments in rock music at the start of the s, Robert Christgau later wrote in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies :. The decade is, of course, an arbitrary schema itself—time doesn't just execute a neat turn toward the future every ten years. But like a lot of artificial concepts—money, say—the category does take on a reality of its own once people figure out how to put it to work.
In popular music, embracing the '70s meant both an elitist withdrawal from the messy concert and counterculture scene and a profiteering pursuit of the lowest common denominator in FM radio and album rock. Rock saw greater commodification during this decade, turning into a multibillion-dollar industry and doubling its market while, as Christgau noted, suffering a significant "loss of cultural prestige". In the '70s the powerful took over, as rock industrialists capitalized on the national mood to reduce potent music to an often reactionary species of entertainment—and to transmute rock's popular base from the audience to market.
Roots rock is the term now used to describe a move away from what some saw as the excesses of the psychedelic scene, to a more basic form of rock and roll that incorporated its original influences, particularly country and folk music, leading to the creation of country rock and Southern rock. The founders of Southern rock are usually thought to be the Allman Brothers Band, who developed a distinctive sound, largely derived from blues rock , but incorporating elements of boogie , soul, and country in the early s.
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Glam rock emerged from the English psychedelic and art rock scenes of the late s and can be seen as both an extension of and reaction against those trends. The origins of glam rock are associated with Marc Bolan , who had renamed his folk duo to T. Rex and taken up electric instruments by the end of the s. Often cited as the moment of inception is his appearance on the UK TV programme Top of the Pops in December wearing glitter, to perform what would be his first number 1 single " Ride a White Swan ".