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A History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in 100 Riffs [VIDEO]

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Even if you’re not a fan of rock music, you have to respect this guy’s ability. That’s right, you HAVE to (it’s one of the hidden requirements in the Affordable Health Care Act)!

As I’ve said before, I like all types of music, specifically the rock variety. I have a ton of respect for individuals who have the ability create music by strumming a guitar or banging a set of drums especially after attempting to learn how to do it myself several years ago.

While you may not be a fan of the genre itself, know that whatever it is you do prefer was more than likely influenced by it in some way. Run DMC and the Beastie Boys were two of the early pioneers in fusing hip-hop and rock together. Eminem sampled Aerosmith’s “Dream On” for his song, “Sing for the Moment”, Diddy’s song “Come With Me” from the soundtrack of the easily forgettable remake of Godzilla in 1998 is not only a reboot of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, but he even managed to have Zeppelin member and one of the greatest guitarists ever, Jimmy Page, play on the track. Even Lil’ Wayne dabbled in rock back in 2010 with the release of his rap-rock album, Rebirth.

Then of course you have artists like Maroon 5, Train, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and even Justin Bieber who in some way, shape, or form have incorporated rock into their own style of music. I could go on and on, but surely by now you get the idea (or you’ve skipped past all of this and started watching the video).

The point being, rock ‘n’ roll has been an integral part of music history. It’s given us some of the greatest songs, and more specifically, some of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. 100 of which were selected by Alex Chadwick of the Chicago Music Exchange guitar shop to be a part of his homage to the history of rock, a video the YouTube description claims was shot in one take which makes it even more impressive.

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