Rulers of Rock ‘n’ Roll 12” Ruler

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Rulers of Rock ‘n’ Roll 12” Ruler

This ruler rocks! From Fats Domino to The Beatles, Eric Clapton to Tina Turner, this clever wooden ruler lists a who’s who of some of your favorite rock legends. The ruler has inches and centimeters on one side and the list of rock ‘n’ roll “rulers” on the other.

Disc jockey Alan Freed, at radio station WJW in Cleveland, Ohio, popularized the term “rock and roll” in 1954, although he probably didn’t invent it. The term refers to a style of popular music that originated in the United States and is typified by a dance rhythm with an accentuated backbeat. In the 1960s, the genre evolved and was from then on simply called “rock music.”

This ruler celebrates the full range of rock ‘n’ roll, but with a heavy emphasis on the musicians of the mid and late 1950s and early 1960s. In those early days the lead instrument was often the piano, as exemplified by Fats Domino, with his boogie-woogie style of playing. Fats sold 65 million records, more than any other 1950s rock and roll musician except Elvis Presley. A bit later, a couple of rockabilly guitarists, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, made their mark, and the guitar became the star.

Each musician is listed along with one of their songs, usually the best-known, most influential, or otherwise most iconic of their oeuvre, along with the year of that song’s release.

The “head” image is that of Buddy Holly, tremendously recognizable with his thick-rimmed glasses, who was tragically killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on the way to a gig. Fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper died in the same crash on February 3, 1959 – “The Day the Music Died.”

  • American-grown basswood
  • 12” long
  • Made in the USA


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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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