R&B tempo so that they would be better for dancing. This early form of rock music was known as “rockabilly.” Cultural historian Gregory McNamee has written on the blending of black and white musical styles to create rock music. “A mixture of white and black musical forms from the Mississippi Delta, country music with the grinding of machinery and automobiles implicit in its grinding beat, rhythm and blues spread across the nation from its birthplace, Detroit,” he wrote in an essay on the origins of the genre. “When white pop music



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