Rock is a genre of popular music that developed in the United States and the United Kingdom during the fifties and sixties. It is an evolution of rock and roll, but it draws its origins from numerous other forms of music from previous decades. Such as rhythm and blues and country music, with possible references to folk music as well.
Musically, this type of musical genre is centred on the use of the electric guitar. And usually accompanied, by electric bass and drums. Lots of bands have been prominent exponents of this musical genre. Let’s retrace together the 5 most famous rock bands.
5. Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd was a British musical band formed in the second half of the sixties. The group is considered one of the most important in the history of rock music.
Although at the beginning they mainly devoted themselves to psychedelia and space rock, the genre that best defines Pink Floyd’s work, characterized by coherent philosophical research, sound experiments, innovative graphics, and spectacular concerts, is progressive.
The group, born in London in 1965. It was founded by singer and guitarist Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett, bassist George Roger Waters, drummer Nicholas Berkeley “Nick” Mason, and keyboardist Richard William “Rick” Wright.
In December 1967 guitarist David Jon “Dave” Gilmour joins the group. Joining and then permanently replacing Barrett, who was progressively marginalized from the group due to heavy drug use and a form of alienation.
4. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are an English musical band, considered one of the most important in rock and blues music. It revolutionized rock & roll in harsher, more aggressive rhythms and with contents that often recalled sex and drugs.
For their way of being very transgressive and for their songs they have been defined as Ugly, dirty, and bad. Opposed to the more reassuring Beatles, but despite this, they have been and are still considered a milestone in the evolution of today’s rock music.
The historical formation of the Rolling Stones consisted of Mick Jagger vocals and guitar, Bill Wyman bass. Ronnie Wood guitar and backing vocals, Keith Richards’s guitar and vocals, Brian Jones and Charlie Watts drums and percussion.
3. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin was a British musical group formed in 1968. Entered by right among the sacred monsters of rock and one of the main pioneers of hard rock. The group, disbanded in 1980, the year of the drummer’s death.
It was composed for the entire period of his activity by Robert Plant – vocals, harmonica – Jimmy Page – guitars – John Paul Jones – bass, keyboards – and John Bonham – drums, percussion.
Led Zeppelin will probably go down in history for a singular primacy, difficult to equal, contribute massively to the evolution of rock music by inventing almost nothing, but, on the contrary, drawing heavily from the blues and rock blues repertoire of the 50s and 60s.
First from folk and then oriental music. Yet theirs is a completely fresh and almost “revolutionary” sound, which will leave indelible marks on the future of Rock and roll.
2. The Queen
Queen represents one of the most impressive commercial phenomena in the entire history of rock. But also an easy target for criticism. Loved and hated, hated and reviled, Queen has coined an original hybrid of hard-rock harshness and pompous glam taste, with the extraordinary voice of Freddie Mercury in the foreground.
Queen is a British music band, formed in London in 1970. Originally composed of singer and pianist Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and bassist John Deacon.
The band, known as one of the most important on the international music scene. And has sold between 150 and 300 million records.
Among the quartet’s most important songs are Bohemian Rhapsody. Including by both critics and popular polls among the best songs of all time.
AC / DC, an Australian hard musical band, formed in Sydney in 1973. It is among the most successful bands in rock history. Their albums have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, of which over 71 million in the United States alone.
They are also considered of fundamental historical significance in the rock scene. There are also many films inspired by their tours. The current members of the band are Angus Young, lead guitar, Stevie Young, Rhythmic guitar, Brian Johnson, voice, Cliff Williams, Bass, Chris Slade, and Battery.
The name AC / DC (Alternating Current / Direct Current) was suggested by Margaret, the elder sister of the Young brothers, who had read it on the back of a vacuum cleaner.
The term also has a bisexual connotation, ignored by the band members at first, and which the public brought to their attention. This public perception was probably supported by their pre-Bon Scott glam rock image, and stage costumes certainly influenced this, such as Angus’ school uniform.