From the stylistic origins of rock & roll, blues, folk, country and R&B, classic rock emerged in the 1960s, with many variations of this genre. Rock music served as a vehicle for social change, including the mods and rockers of the UK and the hippie culture spreading out from 1960s San Fransisco.
The 1960s saw the invasion of the pop culture of the Brits, with groups such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Animals and The Kinks. This British invasion helped to internationalise the production of rock music.
The 1960s to the present day has seen the rise of Latin rock, surf rock, punk, goth, emo, indie, heavy metal, nu-metal, garage and grunge. These genres have become an avenue for young people who identify with these subcultures to state their beliefs of political activism, and desire for social change regarding attitudes such as sex, race and drug use.