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EtymologyEdit

Shortening of rock and roll + music, in use since circa 1966 to refer to genres of popular music which had grown sufficiently distinct from rock and roll of the 1950's.

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rock music (uncountable)

  1. (music) Inclusive of various genres of popular music, especially those ultimately derived from rock and roll, employing electrical amplification, heavy use of guitars, 4/4 time with strong percussive rhythm on beats two and four (backbeat), and usually characterized by bold wildness, rebellion, and strong sexuality.

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  • 2001. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: North America. Garland Publishing. Ellen Koskoff (Ed.). Pg. 347.