SOURCES, “Blues is when a good person feels bad”
The direct meaning of the famous aphorism relates us in the heyday of slave labor to the Negro - a slave who sings the blues about his unfortunate share. Blues is a purely African phenomenon that became the main source of jazz on American soil at the beginning of the 20th century, and subsequently became the pivotal direction in the development of all popular music.
Slave labor was used everywhere - even in churches and in dance halls. It was there that the birth of jazz took place in the process of synthesizing temperamental European music and political atonal African, in adapting the first to the performing style and culture of blacks.
Thus, from completely polar styles of music - blues (folk African music), spiritual (songs of slaves) and ragtime (European piano music), jazz was born. Throughout the first half of the 20 century, jazz was listened to, performed and danced.
In the 40s, rhythm and blues crystallized from jazz, and in the 50s grew into rock and roll. The revolution in popular music was made by the Beatles, who became the founders of a new genre - rock music, the main source of which was rock and roll. Accordingly, throughout the 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-beat blues on the "stratocaster", then how can we explain in words the main feature of rock - drive? Or listen, or play drive. But still, we critics have to talk about music, but not without a lot of conventions: “A drive is a special energy-psychological state of unity of a performer and spectators, expressed in an ecstatic compulsive complex of synchronous gestures and sound-voice acts ...”.
Speaking without a scientific zaum, a drive is a combination of specific techniques: shifting the bass and vocals a bit forward relative to the main beat and coordinated play of all the rock band musicians.
Another feature of rock music, clearly visible during its formation, is the genuine dedication of rock musicians to ideals: spiritual, religious, social, universal. In those wonderful times, rock culture was built on a protest against war, violence, against segregation and violation of human rights. And just then there were rock hits, musicians - virtuosos, new techniques of arrangement and harmony, as well as many rock styles.
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.
TODAY. "Distortion changes the rules of the game"
Starting from the 80s of the last century, rock music developed not due to musical ideas, but more often to technical, electronic, digital, the influence of purely image ideas, the influence of general aesthetic concepts. Remember the punk, the new wave, the militarist-necrofilo - the satanic images of the heavy trends of rock music. Music has become simpler, more motorized, more energetic, full of new sounds, tones, effects in arranging and sounding.
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.