#1
Hey guys I have an American History project at due in a couple months and I want to stay on top of things and have a pretty good idea of what I want to do. I want to take a handful of classic songs and show the progression of American music in the second half of the 20th century. I thought I'd go something like this, not the full song mind you, but the most memorable riffs from it.

Love Me Two Times
Voodoo Child
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I'm looking for memorable riffs that don't require a band to be recognized
#3
I see what youre trying to do but that topic is a bit broad don't you think? What about jazz, blues, hip-hop (even if you say it's not music, it is.) I think you should maybe change it to the progression of American Rock music maybe?
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#5
well heres what I can think up for the 70s from America (it was hard having to skip over every british band)

Schools Out - Alice Cooper
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
The Joker - Steve Miller
Slow Ride - Foghat
Low Rider - War
More Than A Feeling - Boston
Barracuda - Heart
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
#6
you have to put some 80's hair metal in there, like def leppard, or poison, and of course towards the end Nirvana, and slowride really is a good one...
#8
^but he wants American bands, not British bands

I agree with jpgilbert701: either make it American Rock history, or make it American Music history and include the likes of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, to Kanye and T.I or whatnot.
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#9
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Ye cause progression of music itself. As in how music as a whole evolved is european based.

Almost all of America's "original" music has it roots in the blues; Like blues, jazz (jazz being mix of blues and european influences), rock n roll, and today R&B. Hip hop being more of a culture with musical influences from everywhere on the planet (Big Band samples, Eastern like melody lines, latin rhythms, Classical styled string sections etc.)

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#10
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Ye cause progression of music itself. As in how music as a whole evolved is european based.

Almost all of America's "original" music has it roots in the blues; Like blues, jazz (jazz being mix of blues and european influences), rock n roll, and today R&B. Hip hop being more of a culture with musical influences from everywhere on the planet (Big Band samples, Eastern like melody lines, latin rhythms, Classical styled string sections etc.)


Well, blues definatly played a big part, but many more influences came from other places. Africans aren't the only immigrants to America.

BTW, todays RnB has no blues in whatsoever.
#11
I definitely know what ya'll are saying. I'd love to really do a total range of through and through American music but right now I'm unsure if the project is going to be Vietnam era or just the whole 20th century, I posted a little pre-emptively because I think this has alot of potential to be really cool if I could get some good transitions between the riffs, (my biggest concern) but I need to clarify before I pick them out and start trying to nail them down. Thanks for all the suggestions, especially seljer, I had totally forgotten superstition and I know SRV has a rendition I can work from. I'll let ya'll know when I have some more concrete details but I'm really really excited about this.