Definition of rock music in English:

rock music


mass noun
  • 1A form of popular music that evolved from rock and roll and pop music during the mid and late 1960s. Harsher and often self-consciously more serious than its predecessors, it was initially characterized by musical experimentation and drug-related or anti-establishment lyrics.

    • ‘We get it, you worked as a rock critic and you like really like rock music.’
    • ‘It's interesting how rock music and classical art music have converged at the electronic level.’
    • ‘The renderings - in black ink traced on rice paper and pinned to the wall - were interspersed here with texts taken from 1990s American rock music.’
    • ‘Popular rock music has always been something of a multimedia product, since image is so intrinsically tied into the success of most recording artists.’
    • ‘One of the reasons that rock music is so popular is that people are doing it at all levels.’
    • ‘Sure, he was in a band that changed rock music forever, but that doesn't mean he ended up being able to pay his rent thirty years later.’
    • ‘The opening credit scenes, featuring a shot of each cowboy backed by seething rock music, underscores the fact that this movie is going to be a fun ride.’
    • ‘The film has unmemorable guitar and rock music as backdrop for action.’
    • ‘It's hard to make out what the actors are saying at times, yet whenever the script calls for someone to scream or for the rock music to kick in, suddenly it's unnaturally loud.’
    • ‘He is the flip side of Martin Scorsese, another director for whom rock music is like oxygen in the blood.’
    • ‘Or who needs another scene in which the transformative power of rock music unites different cultures?’
    • ‘It was a pretty benign time - yet we all chose to listen to this dour, angry rock music that was depressing and deep.’
    • ‘The evolution of rock music has been marked by an intermittent but generally expanding interest in the display of traditional music competencies.’
    • ‘There has been much controversy about the political meaning and potentiality of music video not to mention rock music and youth culture.’
    • ‘It is not infrequent for rock music to be blamed for a host of social ills.’
    • ‘There was this big concert when people on one side of the wall played rock music for people on the other side to listen to.’
    • ‘He seems both humble and cocksure, centered while being fully aware of the sex-drugs-exploitation aspects of rock music.’
    • ‘It is especially striking in rock music and jazz as a progressive or structural device.’
    • ‘I heartily recommend this concert disc to anyone who is even marginally interested in the punk, new wave, or alternative genres of rock music.’
    • ‘Though I appreciate the Rolling Stones's role in shaping the rock music of my youth, I was never a huge Stones fan.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for rock and roll
      • ‘Yet once the Fab Four wiped the old school sound off the charts, many of the most influential performers who originated the rules and rhythms of rock music were obliterated as well.’
      • ‘By bookending the action with the Bill Haley and the Comets' song, ‘Rock Around the Clock,’ the film also became the first mainstream picture to feature rock music on the soundtrack.’


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