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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

It's probably worth mentioning what "rock and roll" actually is. There are two definitions of "rock and roll". The first definition is a genre popular of music that originated in ...
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Where did the "rock on" hand sign come from?

It was started by Ronnie James Dio. It originates from an old Italian symbol called a Malocchio, or "Evil Eye". It's all explained pretty well here. R.J. Dio – "I doubt very much if I would be ...
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Does rock + rap/hip-hop genre have a name?

Mixing rap and rock is about as old as rap. Take Run-DMC's version of Aerosmith's "Walk this Way", or the early Beastie Boys, or Public Enemy recording with Anthrax, or Ice-T's Body Count project. I ...
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What defines rock music as a genre?

Which patterns, instruments, characteristics (or whatever) does a song need to have to be considered rock? Era: Given that 'Rock' evolved (and encompasses) 'Rock n Roll', one defining aspect of ...
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Is it true that Jimi Hendrix didn't know music theory?

Like other people said Jimi Hendrix never took lesson so he would have never formally learned any music theory, but that doesn't mean he was absent of the knowledge of any music theory. Music Theory ...
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What is "25 or 6 to 4"?

"Speculation that the song's lyrics are drug related has been largely dismissed. Lamm himself says that the title is "just a reference to the time of day" and that "the song is about writing a song. ...
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What is "The Seattle Sound"?

I have listened to a lot of music from the list you named and if I am not mistaken this is what it means: From Wikipedia: Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a subgenre of ...
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Weird piano chord on Police's Roxanne

I found out it was unintended and a fun fact. In 2000, Vic Gabarini published in interview with the band, on Revolver Magazine. Here is an extract : Revolver: On Roxanne, the band's first big hit, ...
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What is the name of the drum type that sounds like a tin can?

It sounds like a cowbell to me. The "Cowbells in popular music" section of the "Cowbell (instrument)" Wikipedia page notes that Guns N' Roses have often used the cowbell, notably in "Nightrain," "...
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Photograph of two (possibly) glam rock artists, one holding a guitar - can anyone please identify these musicians?

These two guys are Marc Bolan and Mickey Finn, members of the band T. Rex. Marc Bolan Mickey Finn I also found a fan work based on this photograph, by Paolo-Art:
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What is the actual meaning of the the song Astronomy Domine by Pink Floyd?

It's about space, plain and simple. It's literally just a description of space - its colors, planets, stars, supernovas scaring Dan Dare. It's typical Barrett - something very, very simple wrapped ...
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Does rock + rap/hip-hop genre have a name?

The term "Crossover" generally denotes music mixing two or more genres, but was used more specifically in the nineties for bands combining (hard) rock and hip-hop elements - like Rage Against The ...
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Why is rock music not on the charts anymore?

Well, this may be semantics, but rock music continues to have its own charts -- several of them, in fact. If the question is "why is rock music not at the top of the Billboard pop charts?" then I ...
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What is "25 or 6 to 4"?

25 Or 6 To 4 should be interpreted as: Twenty five or [twenty] six [minutes until] four [o'clock, AM]
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What is Meaning of "Aerials" by System of a Down song and music video?

Genius has a cool feature which lets users interpret song meanings cooperatively. It also allows you annotate the meaning of smaller blocks of the lyrics. As it happens, Aerials has been interpreted ...
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Anyone know why the riff at the start of 'Eye of the Tiger' has weird timing?

According to this page, Jim Peterik, one of the songwriters, said: I [...] started slashing those chords to the punches we saw on the screen. So, apparently, they were trying to synchronize the ...
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NOFX's song "Linoleum" - what's the meaning of this song?

As always, genius is a good source for analyzing of song meanings. This particular song has been extensively analyzed by multiple users. Having said this, most of the time a song's meaning is subject ...
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What defines rock music as a genre?

Theodore Gracyk (Rhythm and Noise, Duke UP, 1996) makes the interesting claim that what separates "rock" from jazz, blues, soul and other kinds of rhythm & blues (including 1950s rock 'n' roll) is ...
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Music video with monster chasing firefly

My Morning Jacket - "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRQ6_yrjrs Had to go into my facebook archives for this after searching all night.
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Rock song with lyric "walking in your shoes", gruff voice singer like Linkin Park

You might be thinking of another Linkin Park song, "Numb". Looking at the lyrics, it has a few lines very close to the ones you remembered from it (emphasis mine), but it's missing "something I am not ...
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Where did the "rock on" hand sign come from?

Its earliest use can be seen in India, as a gesture very commonly used by Gautama Buddha as Karana Mudra which is synonymous with expulsion of demons and removal of obstacles like sickness or negative ...
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Is there symbolism in the word "train" that is particular to rock music culture?

The existence of many blues, gospel, and rock songs featuring trains is indisputable. The correlation you see to rock band's first albums is probably some kind of selection bias. Trains were a major ...
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“Love Beach” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer: considered as serious release?

The album was not satire. It was a contractual obligation to manufacture a radio-friendly collection of songs. The band individually have said as much. Here is a pretty good "Reader's Digest" ...
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Why does rap music belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame covers a multitude of "popular" music that is legendary and groundbreaking. Their inductees range from Jelly Roll Morton to Metallica. The Hall seeks to induct artists ...
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Who was there before The Doors?

Densmore told Billboard: What were the influences that shaped the Doors' sound and what does each member of the band bring to the table? John Densmore: Ray grew up in Chicago so he had the ...
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Photograph of two (possibly) glam rock artists, one holding a guitar - can anyone please identify these musicians?

Bebs has already got the ident nailed, but I thought I'd add a little more info... The picture is post-Woodstock, btw. 1970 - after Tyrannosaurus Rex but before the full-blown glam of T.Rex. The ...
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Can a band (i.e. Linkin Park) survive the loss of a core member?

This is going to be a bit of a "list question" which isn't great for the SE format, but just for starters [& with no refs, just straight off the top of my head]... Deaths... The Beatles survived ...
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What is the 70s/80s rock song that ends with this extended Mixolydian-based vamp?

Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
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Why Linkin Park lost their fans in the mid?

Over time most bands innovate, mature, or perhaps reinvent themselves (or whatever you want to call it ...). This goes for their music as well as their style/image. If they didn't they would ...
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Rock band with name and theme associated with circus or freak show

Insane Clown Possee is a Rock/HipHop band which appeared in a B-Movie called Death Racers (2008). ICP did the majority of the soundtrack to the movie.
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