History of Rock Music

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Once called noise, now a major entertainment medium, rock has become the dominant music of today's youth. Recounted here are just a few of rock's highlights--Elvis, Bill Haley, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Woodstock experience, and today's newest waves of musical expression, from rap to jazz-rock fusion. Barron's Masters of Music volumes are beautifully illustrated and informative books for older children. They review various aspects of music's history and discuss the work of important composers and...
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Overview

Once called noise, now a major entertainment medium, rock has become the dominant music of today's youth. Recounted here are just a few of rock's highlights--Elvis, Bill Haley, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Woodstock experience, and today's newest waves of musical expression, from rap to jazz-rock fusion. Barron's Masters of Music volumes are beautifully illustrated and informative books for older children. They review various aspects of music's history and discuss the work of important composers and performers. While presenting historical and biographical information, the books also explain details of instrument construction, basic music theory, and the evolution of music's forms. Illustrations show people, places, and instruments within historical contexts, and detailed picture captions and labels explain everything from how instruments produce sound to how an opera is staged. (Ages 11 and older)
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The author sets the stage by describing the world as it was in the 1940s and 1950s. Each musical decade is then discussed in relation to world events, and how these events influenced musical styles. Readers moves from the 1940s through the Second World War to the peaceful times that followed in the 1950s, and then to the rock music that was reflective of the rebellious times in the 1960s and 1970s with hard rock and heavy metal. The author explains how the introduction of the guitar and drums as prominent instruments in the rock world changed the record industry. A few new tools were introduced in the 1980s to promote rock music such as the videos, which in turn had a big impact on radio stars. Also included are the various technological changes that influenced rock music--long playing records, 45's, electronic instruments, videos and compact discs. During the 1960s and 1970s rock music became an international phenomenon with English musicians such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the WHO moving to center stage. Part of the "Masters in Music" series. 2000, Barron's Educational Series, Ages 14 to 18, $14.95. Reviewer: Leila Toledo
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764151378
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Masters of Music Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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