The Triumph of Vulgarity

The Triumph of Vulgarity : Rock Music in the Mirror of Romanticism

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Robert Pattison's new book discusses Romanticism, and the cross-currents between it and popular culture, using rock music as the main example. He shows that popular culture is not merely a continuation of folk culture or a spontaneous creation of the alienated masses, but a mirror-image of main-stream cultural doctrines.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 139.7 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195038762
  • 9780195038767

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'a very scholarly, almost impenetrable study that may disturb those who like to think of rock 'n' roll as here to stay ... The author should also be complimented on his research.' The Columbia Missourian Magazine 'Pattison's analysis is provocative and insightful.' The World & I 'a fascinating speculation on the philosophical and literary roots of rock.' St Louis Post-Dispatch 'This is the most brilliant study yet written of the modern phenomenon of rock music.' National Review 'This is a provocative, opinionated study about the origins of rock and about rock as an idea...He has produced a logical critical study, which, for all its paradoxes, many will find valid and stimulating.' Library Journal
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About Robert Pattison

Robert Pattison teaches humanities at Long Island University. His previous books include On Literacy and Tennyson and Tradition.
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