Monday, August 12, 2013

Rock n Roll: The Beginning

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The Music has a rich history beginning from the time music was first heard. Music was first conceived during the pre-historic era, some fifty thousand years ago where the first form of music were the human voice, clicking, humming, yawning, and coughing and from that time, music has evolved to different types until it reached the rise of the western era, the medieval, renaissance, baroque, and the classical type of music. Some famous musician during these eras were Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and a lot more. But a breakthrough in the music history was the "invention" of the Rock n Roll Music. Here are some 10 important events in the beginning of the rock n roll history.

Jan 4, 1936 - First Billboard Sales Chart
Billboard magazine releases its first record sales chart, the Hit Parade.

Jan 1951- First Rock and Roll Record
Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm record "Rocket '88," a chart-topper, and later considered by some to be the first rock and roll record, is released.

1952 - Fender Electric Guitar
Radio repairman Leo Fender and musician Doc Kaufman produce the better sounding version of the solid-body electric guitar. Their design is fairly simply and can be inexpensively produced. It becomes the first relatively cheap electric guitar on the market.

Mar 21, 1952 - First Rock and Roll Concert
Alan Freed, a Cleveland disc jockey known as "Moondog" and thought by some to have coined the term "rock and roll," organizes a concert at the Cleveland Arena. It attracts nearly 25,000 young people, mostly African-Americans. The show, featuring artists such as the Dominoes and Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams, is shut down early when thousands of ticket-holders who are denied entrance become unruly. The event will later be called the first rock and roll concert.

Jul 18, 1953 - Elvis Presley Discovered
Eighteen-year-old Elvis Presley walks into Sun Records Studio to record two songs for his mother as a birthday gift. The label's office manager is impressed by his vocals.

1954 - Fender Stratocaster
Leo Fender introduces a new, sleeker version of the Fender electric guitar—the Stratocaster—revolutionizing the sound of rock. The Fender Stratocaster will become the guitar of choice for such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton.

Jan 1961 - The Beatles Debut
The Beatles, formed from the members of the Quarrymen, make their performing debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Aug 15, 1969 - Woodstock
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair is held in the town of Bethel in upstate New York. Nearly half a million people attend the 3-day event, which features artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Oct 1969 - Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath
The band Earth Blues Company, fronted by singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, compose the song "Black Sabbath" and begin performing it at gigs in England. Within one month Earth will rename itself after the track.

1981 - MTV Begins
MTV, Music Television, launches. The channel shows music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MTV will revolutionize the way people experience music.

Will keep you guys posted for a more detailed and updated version of this post.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Taqwacore: Muslim Punk Rock

First of all, Eid Mubarak! to all our Muslim brothers and sisters from all over the world, especially to all the muslim filipinos here and abroad.

The Punk rock scene is so diverse and complex that it is not only about social and political issues which often are the content of the loud and fast music of punk, it also has a subculture which deals about the culture, interpretation, and also the representation of the islamic rock music: The Taqwacore.

Taqwacore was originally conceived in the 2003 novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores. The name is a combination of the word Hardcore and the arabic word Taqwa which means "piety" or "God-fearing". Here are some of the Taqwacore bands.

The Kominas. Pakistani-American Desi punk rock band formed in Lowell, Massachusetts. The band currently includes Basim Usmani (bass), Hassan Ali Malik (guitar) and Abdullah Saeed (drums). (Wikipedia)

Vote Hezbollah's album cover
Vote Hezbollah. Vote Hezbollah was formed in 2005 shortly after reading Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight. The band name comes from the book and in no way represents terrorism. Vote Hezbollah does not promote violence or support any violent organizations. Peace, unity, and truth are our only strengths. (Myspace)

The Sagg Taqwacore Syndicate. Sagg Syndicate is R ‘Sagg’ Harris.He is from Utah but resides in Oregon.
The music of the Syndicate is best described as Electronic Eclectic Hip Hop. (

Diacritical. Diacritical is a band that existed from about 2004-2007 with a variety of members. It was formed by front man Omar Waqar. There only full length album was recorded by Don Zientara, and released independantly. There songs touched on social issues like Racism, war, and immigration reform. (Purevolume)

Secret Trial Five. is a Canadian five-piece political punk rock band formed in 2006 in Vancouver. Sena Hussain formed Secret Trial Five with four friends following 9/11, when she became interested in making music with political messages. Secret Trial Five takes its name from a group of Muslims suspected of terrorism currently held without charge in Canada.

For more info about The Taqwacore, please follow this link, and do checkout the music of these and other taqwacore bands, and support our muslim brothers and sisters.

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