Music is one of the things in this world that lasts forever and has broken generational gaps throughout history. In honor of National Rock Day, we take a look at the history of rock and look at some fossils of the genre.
From the early 1950s with trendsetters like Elvis Presly taking the world by storm breaking hearts, to the loud and proud 1980s metal sound of Metallica, fueled by rage and wired to self-destruct, to the mesmerizing vibes of 2000s band The Arctic Monkeys, rock music has managed to stay on the airwaves.
The fast-paced, throbbing and deafening world of rock and roll has led the charge of a social revolution against “the man”. Many rock songs revolve around themes of standing up for what you believe in and challenging those in control.
Nirvana is an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, WA in 1987. Founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic, the band went through a succession of drummers before recruiting the legendary Dave Grohl in 1990. They settled on the name Nirvana, opting for a more quiet and graceful name even though they were one of the first bands to be considered part of the “grunge” subculture, a alternative rock subculture that flourished in Seattle, WA. Although they were successful throughout their career, Nirvana came to an end in 1994 when Cobain was found dead in his home.
Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl then formed the band Foo Fighters as a one-man project in 1994 after Kurt Cobain’s death. Foo Fighters have become their own popular band, recruiting new members and selling over 30 million records since 2018. Like Nirvana, Foo Fighters is placed in the grunge genre of rock. Some of their most popular songs include “All My Life”, “The Pretender”, and “Everlong”.
Last year, we lost one of the most influential musicians of the classic rock era when Edward Lodewijk Van Halen lost his long battle with throat cancer. The word ‘legend’ just doesn’t hold enough grandeur to honor the musical revolutionary’s existence, as his band Van Halen is one of the 20 best-selling artists of all time and has been inducted into Rock and Roll. Hall of Fame in 2007. Van Halen has released countless hits, like “Jump” and “Eruption” and you’ve surely heard one of the timeless classics in an action movie or a walk through Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
One of the biggest names in rock history, AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and again in 2003. AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed by Scottish artists Malcolm and Angus Young. Their original and catchy name comes from a type of electric current. While they originated in Australia, they have been widely popularized in the United States. They have released 17 studio albums since 1975, selling over 200 million albums.
Rock music not only had a huge impact on this country and the world, it changed music forever. Being a rock fan means being connected to a global culture, from English bands like The Beatles and British Invasion to classic American rock bands like Guns N’ Roses. Kudos to many years of hard rock music.