This site is called the “Rock and Roll Report” for a reason. I always use the term rock and roll because, despite what some might have you believe, the term rock and roll is not some throwback to the late ’50s and early ’60s. Far from it. For me rock and roll is the great umbrella term that encompasses all that makes music rock and roll. Whether it be punk or power pop or heavy metal, it is all rock and roll. Whether it be the influences of soul, R & B or the Blues it shaped what I call rock and roll. Whether it be the Beatles from the past or the Neighborhood Bullys of the present, all these sounds comprise the body of work referred to simply as rock and roll. No ifs, ands or buts. The tradition that is rock and roll pulls from so many divergent interests that it is just easier to lump it all into one simplistic, maddeningly vague term that both sparks arguments and yet seems to say it all.
Why have I spent a whole paragraph debating the merits of the term “rock and roll?”