Rock 'n' Roll is often described as the energetic lovechild of black rhythm and blues and white country music.
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Key events in rock
Death Becomes Them
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin & Jim Morrison all die within a year of each other - there's nothing to cement a legendary reputation in rock like death. Woodstock
Hundreds of thousands of music fans meet in upstate New York for the Woodstock Festival in 1969.The last great gathering of the flower power generation and an iconic moment in rock. A King is Born
In 1954 Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studios to record his first single, "That's All Right, Mama" to stake his claim asRock 'n' Roll's biggest superstar. Over to The Dark Side
Pink Floyd release Dark Side Of The Moon which becomes one of the biggest-selling records of all time, shifting more than 25 million copies. Its astonishing run on the US Billboard Chart spans over a decade. Punk Rocks
Punk Rock emerges on both sides of the Atlantic, introducing seminal acts such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The New York Dolls and and The Ramones.
Key rock songwriters
| Mick Jagger and Keith Richards|
They mixed blues and rock with an English sensibility, wrote some of the most-famous rock tunes ever and became the biggest rock band in the world.
Street Fighting Man, The Rolling Stones
Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar, The Rolling Stones
| Chuck Berry|
"Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B. Goode", "Reelin' And Rockin'" - just three of the Rock 'n' Roll songs Chuck Berry has written. Without them, the world would be a poorer place.
Roll Over Beethoven
Rock And Roll Music
Johnny B. Goode
| Noel Gallagher|
Oasis, led by Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, reinvented rock amid the rise of the 1990s lad culture, with Noel carving out a reputation for himself as a songwriter of some repute - "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back In Anger" and "Champagne Supernova" among his repertoire.
Go Let It Out, Oasis
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