ИСТОКИ, «Блюз — это когда хорошему человеку плохо»
The direct meaning of the famous aphorism refers us to the heyday of slave labor and to the Negro, the slave who sings the blues about his unhappy share. Blues is a purely African phenomenon that became the main source of jazz on American soil at the beginning of the 20 century, and later became the pivotal trend in the development of all popular music.
Slave labor was used everywhere - even in churches and in dance halls. It was there that jazz was born in the process of synthesizing tempered euro-music and political atomic African, in adapting the first to the performing style and culture of blacks.
Таким образом из совершенно полярных стилей музыки – блюза (народной африканской музыки), спиричуэл (песен рабов) и регтайма (европейской фортепианной музыки) и родился джаз. Всю первую половину 20 века джаз слушали, исполняли и танцевали.
In 40, rhythm and blues crystallized from jazz, in 50 it turned into rock and roll. The Beatles made a revolution in popular music, which became the founders of a new genre - rock music, the main source of which was rock and roll. Accordingly, the entire second half of the century, people listened, played, admired ... well, you already know what.
ESSENCE. “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture”
Well, if you can play the 12 clock beat blues on the “Stratocaster”, how can you explain the main feature of rock in words - drive? Or listen, or play driving. But we, critics, have to talk about music, but not without a lot of conventions: “the drive is a special energetic and psychological state of unity between the performer and the audience, expressed in an ecstatic compulsive complex of synchronous gestures and sound-voice acts ...”.
If we speak without scientific zaumi, the drive is a combination of specific techniques: moving the bass and vocals slightly ahead of the main beat and the harmonious play of all the musicians of the rock group.
Another feature of rock music, vividly visible in the period of its formation, is genuine devotion of rock musicians to ideals: spiritual, religious, social, universal. In those wonderful times, rock culture was built on protest against war, violence, segregation and violation of human rights. And it was then that rock hits, virtuoso musicians, new arrangements of arrangement and harmony, as well as many rock styles appeared.
And further. Rock = young. In those days, and oddly enough it sounds today, large-scale youth movements such as hippies or punks noticeably influenced society. Numerous actions and events held within the framework of musical subcultures became one of the reasons for the reduction of political tension in the world, the cessation of the military and ideological confrontation between East and West.
СЕГОДНЯ. «Дисторшн меняет правила игры»
Начиная с 80-х годов прошлого столетия, рок музыка развивалась за счет не музыкальных идей, а чаще — технических, электронных, цифровых, влияния идей чисто имиджевых, влияния общеэстетических концепций. Вспомните панк, новую волну, милитаристко -некрофило — сатанинские образы тяжелых направлений рок музыки. Музыка стала проще, моторнее, энергичнее, насыщенной новыми звуками, тембрами, эффектами в аранжировке и звучании.
The club formed in the 80-e system of show business and pop culture was so hurt by the rock culture that it immediately crumbled into many small fragments. The rock has lost everything that determined its essence in the times of formation. A significant part of the youth began to engage in empty pastime and the realization of their ambitions in the baldy "party." But does this mean that rock subcultures have disappeared completely and forever? I think no. New generations of musicians exist, and many of them are trying to create something of their own. It is a pity that the bowels of the musical subcultures today are hidden. Look for gems online, on independent labels, in low-cost studios and clubs.