35 Photos That Show A Different Side To Rock And Roll History

"Rock 'n' roll was an inevitable outgrowth of the social and musical interactions between blacks and whites in the South and Southwest. Its roots are a complex tangle. Bedrock black church music influenced blues, rural blues influenced white folk song and the black popular music of the Northern ghettos, blues and black pop influenced jazz, and so on. But the single most important process was the influence of black music on white." - Robert Palmer 

The origins of rock and roll have been fiercely debated by fans and historians of music for many years. Almost everyone agrees that it arose in the Southern United States, the region that went on to produce most of the early rock and roll acts. Through the meeting of various influences that embodied a merging of the African musical tradition with European instrumentation rock 'n' roll was born. Let's take a look at the journey rock 'n' roll has been on and pay tribute to the biggest influences and greatest rockstars we have come to know. 

19-Year-Old Prince Outside Minneapolis' Old Schmitt Music Headquarters

Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince was known for his expression of erotic sexual fantasies. The release of his first two (2) albums in 1978 and 1979 respectively, gained him his first top 20 pop hit. His fame grew as his music continued to get top spots on Billboard charts. On April 21, 2016 Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota, the cause of death was due to a drug overdose.