Rock and roll

A black-and-white shot of a man playing electric guitar in double exposure
A black-and-white shot of a man playing electric guitar in double exposure. Photo by Ana Grave on Unsplash.

Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock ‘n’ roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, primarily from a combination of African American blues, jump blues, country, jazz, and gospel music. Though elements of rock and roll can be heard in country records of the 1930s, and in blues records from the 1920s, rock and roll did not acquire its name until the 1950s.

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