When Elvis came to the stage and received his unprecedented, international fame, because of his new wave of dancing and loud, electric new, music; the older generation denounced him and all who fell into this new genre called rock and roll. The same occurred with the classic and psychedelic rock of the 60’s, and when disco became popular, when hip hop came on the scene, and now with techno music.

Every generation created music that spoke to them, and usually, the older generation did not approve. It broke the norm and created uncertainty in what the future of the country, and the world, would be.

Elvis Presley began his music training by singing gospel, which in and of itself was controversial at the time because of who stereotypically sang gospel music. He (and Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others) cultivated the beauty that lies within gospel, combined it with jazz and r’n’b/soul, to create a new sound- rock & roll. It had the electric guitar that was louder and released more energy than many earlier instruments.



The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other classic rock bands helped further develop this new genre, while others turned to creating a new, groovy, psychedelic sound.

The people whose parents reprimanded them for loving the “devil-music” that was rock, soon did the same in regards to their own children and this new type of music, typically sung by African Americans, known as Hip Hop and Rap.

These genres prove to be controversial because of the people who sing/create(d) them, but also what their lyrics mean. All of them talk about, in a way thats more appealing than just talking, issues facing oppressed communities, and how they want to combat them.

Maybe millennials and the I-generation will continue to produce music electronically, which will provide an even more updated avenue of communicating the way youth feel.

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