Ugly, vicious, destructive “- such epithets awarded white America a new musical style – rock and roll. But subsequent decades have shown that this trend, rooted deep in history, is not a passing fashion, but the musical culture of several generations.
The rock and roll style, which absorbed elements of both European and African culture, could appear only in America. Immigrants from different countries of Europe, who poured into the New World in the XVII-XVIII centuries, brought with them not only their music, but also their instruments. Slaves imported from Africa retained their musical traditions, but in view of the ban on playing national instruments, they had to be content with singing and dancing. Continue reading