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  • n. A style of popular music characterized by a basic drum-beat, generally 4/4 riffs, based on (usually electric) guitar, drums, and vocals (generally with bass guitar). Generally used to refer to the 1950’s rock, and rock of its style, quite close to swing.
  • n. Style of vigorous dancing associated with this 1950’s music.
  • n. An intangible feeling, philosophy, belief or allegiance relating to rock music (generally from the 1970s–1980s), and heavy metal bearing certain elements of this music, pertaining to unbridled enthusiasm, cynical regard for certain Christian and authoritarian bodies, and attitudes befitting some degree of youthful debauchery. This meaning is sometimes used as an exclamation, in describing traits of certain people, and so on.
  • n. (rhyming slang) dole.
  • v. To play rock and roll music.
  • v. To have sex.
  • v. To start, commence, begin, get moving.

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  • n. a genre of popular music originating in the 1950s; a blend of black rhythm-and-blues with white country-and-western

Etymologies

From rock (move back and forth) + and + roll; originally a verb phrase common among African Americans, meaning "to have sexual intercourse"; it was a euphemism with a hidden meaning that appeared in song titles and dance styles since the early 1930’s. As a name for a specific style of popular music from c.1954, coined by disc jockey Alan Freed. (Wiktionary)

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  • I say that. Too often, because it doesn't suit me. Maybe if I had a ponytail.

    April 10, 2013

  • also used as an interjection, meaning "let us begin"

    April 10, 2013

  • I've got no kick againt modern jazz
    Unless they try to play it too darn fast
    And change the beauty of the melody
    Until it sounds just like a symphony
    That's why I go for that
    Rock and roll music
    Any old way you choose it
    It's got a backbeat, you can't lose it
    Any old time you use it
    It's gotta be rock and roll music
    If you want to dance with me
    If you want to dance with me

    -Chuck Berry

    January 27, 2007