Friday, June 26, 2009

Most likely you go your way

"Then time will tell just who has fell..."

Did you know that Blonde on Blonde was the first double rock album of all time? At least that's what my notes from my Survey of Rock Music Styles class say. I stumbled across them yesterday.

The teacher also told us an interesting little story about the coining of the phrase "Rock & Roll." The roots of the term date back to the early 1920's. It was a blues term for "sex," or "having a good time." However, Alan Freed turned it into a musical style in the 1950's. In 1951 he started a radio program in Cleveland (which is why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is there) that played R & B on white radio for the first time. He called it the "Moondog Show." But three years later he moved the show to New York and there was a panhandler named Moondog who sued Freed over the name. So he started calling it the "Rock & Roll Show." There ya go.