In 1951 when pioneer Bill Haley recorded his first album mixing country, gospel and R & B, rock and roll was born. Guitar-makers Fender and Gibson began manufacturing solid-bodied electric guitars to allow the sounds of the guitar and bass to be heard over the sounds of the other instruments. Rock artists contributed to the civil rights movement by singing about racial issues and social injustice. The 1970s and 80s artists brought punk, hard rock and heavily costumed bands and gave way to grunge emo in the 90s and 2000s. American Rock gives a quick but comprehensive overview of the progression of rock across the last six decades. Each chapter focuses on a particular period of development and the artists with the greatest contributions and ends with a list of must-have tracks from iconic artists, perfect for anyone looking to further explore the genre. A glossary of terms, mini-biographies, a succinct timeline of important milestones, and a more comprehensive list of recommended music finish this great resource.