Rock And Roll

Rock And Roll : A Social History

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The social force of rock and roll music leaps off the page as Paul Friedlander provides impressive insights based on hits from "Johnny B. Goode" to "Walk on the Wild Side" and beyond. In this musical journey, he offers the melodious strains and hard-edged riffs of Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Who, Dylan, Clapton, Doo-Wop, Motown, the San Francisco Beat, New Wave, rap, and much more. The book is written in a refreshing, captivating style that pulls the reader in, offering no less than a complete social and cultural history of rock and roll for students and general audiences alike.Friedlander writes, "This book chronicles the first thirty years of rock/pop music history. Picture the various musical styles as locations on a giant unfolding road map. As you open the map, you travel from place to place, stopping at each chapter to sample the artistry. Take in the tales, pictures, sounds, and feelings of each location; remember the people you met there. Don't forget to dress your imagination appropriately for this trip, because each genre is affected by the societal topography and climate that surround it." Enjoy your trip. We promise it will be a good one!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 165.1 x 254 x 25.4mm | 703.07g
  • Westview Press Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • 0813327245
  • 9780813327242

Table of contents

If I were reading about rock music, I would want to keep in mind...; the roots of rock and roll - I went down to the crossroads; classic rockers - the first generation - just give me some of that rock and roll music; classic rockers - the second generation - there's good rockin' tonight; doo-wop - street-corner serenade; the early Sixties - the calm before the storm; The Beatles - because the world is round it turns me on; The Rolling Stones - it's only rock and roll but I like it; The Who - people try to put us down; Bob Dylan - somethin' is happening but you don't know what it is; folk-rock - so you want to be a rock-and-roll star; soul music - R-E-S-P-E-C-T; Motown - Hitsville, USA; the San Francisco sound - people in motion; the guitar kings - and I gave her the gun; the Seventies - dazed and confused; punk rock - buzzsaw bravado and shock politics; the Eighties - the revolution will be televised - it's only rock and roll but I like it. Appendixes: some artists fell through the cracks; the rock window - one way to listen and understand.
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About Paul Friedlander

Dr. Paul Friedlander is Director of California State University, Chico Music Industry Program. He is author of the Encyclopedia Americana "Rock Music" entry, many book chapters and journal articles, and is past-president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music/American Chapter. As a musician, he has sung with Pete Seeger's Children's Chorus at Carnegie Hall, played bluegrass banjo at southern music festivals, hit notes with New York homeboys The Chapters, played folk music in Moscow's Gorki Park, and rock and rolled across the U.S.A.
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