rock and roll

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Definition of rock and roll

: popular music usually played on electronically amplified instruments and characterized by a persistent heavily accented beat, repetition of simple phrases, and often country, folk, and blues elements : rock entry 2 sense 2 If many older people had been suspicious of the jukebox in the early fifties, they were even more affronted by the success of rock and roll after 1954.— Dominic Sandbrook The industry has changed. Is it no longer sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll?AP News often used before another noun rock and roll legends/albums… Jack is in his corset, Jane is in her vest. And me, I'm in a rock 'n' roll band …The Velvet Underground

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The lounge’s old world charm, red walls, and exposed wood, set the stage for live music from jazz to blues to rock and roll. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Bars in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 For anyone who came of age in L.A. music in the early 2000s, Cardamone and the Icarus Line were the judge, jury and executioner for the rock and roll life here. August Brown,, "Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line finds faith in music after a string of tragedies," 20 June 2018 These persistent insecurities are what set the new book apart from the standard rock and roll biography. Steve Almond,, "Songs of insecurity and of experience," 23 May 2018 Stewart is among the most expressive singers in the history of rock and roll. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Summer concerts in Phoenix: Eagles, Post Malone, Logic, Panic! at the Disco, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa," 15 June 2018 Domino, who is best known as one of the fathers of rock and roll, died in October and was known as a pioneer in the genre. Alexia Fernandez,, "Legendary Artists Chuck Berry & Fats Domino Remembered in Touching Grammy Awards Musical Tribute," 28 Jan. 2018 The main thrust of the game is searching for card combos in the drafting phase and then watching those combos rock and roll when your characters are deployed. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 Which might explain why, in 2018, the best music from hip-hop’s lead provocateur is rock and roll. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Lives in Kanye West’s ‘Ghost Town’," 14 June 2018 Beyond the Beats: Rock & Roll’s Greatest Drummers Speak! a new book published by Music Square Media, presents the back stories of 12 drummers on some of the most revered bands in rock and roll history. David Dorsey, USA TODAY, "'Beyond the Beats': A dozen of rock's greatest drummers share their craft in new book," 20 Apr. 2018

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