I'm just guessing here, but I'd say "rock" is just a truncation of "rock and roll," which was the original full name of the genre.You can check the Wikipedia entry for "rhythm and blues" to learn the origin of that term.Oh, wait. You probably didn't actually care, did you?
Who took the roll out of the rock'n'roll? That's what I want to know. It wasn't John Cale, who recorded a song called Rollaroll. And it rocks. AND rolls.
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