rock and roll

\ ˌrä-kən-ˈrōl \
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rock-and-roll or rock 'n' roll adjective

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And despite reportedly having a love for American rock and roll music, Díaz-Canel has increasingly shown himself to be a hardliner when dealing with the US. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Cuba's likely new leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, faces economic and diplomatic challenges," 18 Apr. 2018 Some are a little bit country, some are a little rock and roll. Dan Deluca,, "Is 'Woke Country' a thing? Is there a #MeToo moment happening in country music?," 22 Mar. 2018 The mass start long-track speedskating race, which will make its Olympic debut at the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month, is a little bit NASCAR, a little bit rock and roll. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mass start races deliver excitement on final day of U.S. Olympic speedskating trials," 7 Jan. 2018 From jazz and heroin, to marijuana and reggae, to whiskeys in country music, and the great range of substances in rock and roll, drugs and alcohol have had major influences on both art and artist. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 The August theme focuses on vintage guitars, amps, vinyl records, CDs, and rock and roll memorabilia. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Grayslake antique market doubles in size for summer," 25 June 2018 Concert: Jumpin Juba Band, a musical group that mixes blues with rock and roll, jazz, and calypso, will perform a free concert at the library on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. The group will perform covers and original pieces. Zipporah Osei,, "Community Bulletin Board," 1 June 2018 Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the heartfelt and well-written By the Way includes ballads both country and power, a bit of twangy rock and roll, and several acoustic narratives., "Rittenhouse Row Spring Fest, Kinetic Sculpture Derby, All Star Craft Beer & Wine Festival and other great events, May 18-25," 16 May 2018 Herrick channels a little Kenny Loggins, a touch of Jim Messina and a sprinkle or two of his own youth as regulars bounce along to the dusty reminder of rock and roll, long hair and adolescent rebellion. Bryce Miller,, "Trainer Herrick and resilient horse follow music back from the flames," 30 Mar. 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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: rock music

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variants: or rock ‘n’ roll

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