Is Rock Dead?
  • Is Rock Dead?
  • Is Rock Dead?

Is Rock Dead?

by Kevin J.H. Dettmar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415970334

ISBN-13: 9780415970334

Pub. Date: 12/01/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Rock and roll's death has been forecast nearly since its birth; the country song "The Death of Rock and Roll" appeared in September 1956, showing that the music had already outraged a more conservative listening audience. Is Rock Dead? sets out to explore the varied and sometimes conflicting ways in which the death of rock has been discussed both within the

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Rock and roll's death has been forecast nearly since its birth; the country song "The Death of Rock and Roll" appeared in September 1956, showing that the music had already outraged a more conservative listening audience. Is Rock Dead? sets out to explore the varied and sometimes conflicting ways in which the death of rock has been discussed both within the discourse of popular music and American culture. If rock is dead, when did it die? Who killed it? Why do rock journalists lament its passing? Has its academic acceptance stabbed it in the back or resuscitated an otherwise lifeless corpse? Why is rock music the music that conservatives love to hate? On the other side of the coin, how have rock's biggest fans helped nail shut the coffin? Does rock feed on its own death-and-rebirth? Finally, what signs of life are there showing that rock, in fact, is surviving?
Is Rock Dead? will appeal to all those who take seriously the notion that rock is a serious musical form. It will appeal to students of popular music and culture, and all those who have ever spun a 45, cranked up the radio, or strummed an air guitar.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415970334
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The brief life and protracted death of rock & roll1
2A chip on his shoulder and an H-bomb in his pants : American nervousness about rock & roll37
3Death in the fourth estate75
4The death of rock is the story of rock, or, the pen is mightier than the power chord105
5Dancing on its own grave : the strange logics of the "rock is dead" song123
6Rock is dead : long live rock151

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