Rock and Roll: Its History and Stylistic Development / Edition 4

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This interesting book presents a history of rock and roll from its roots through its current trends. It gives a comprehensive analytical insight into the various musical styles of rock, providing thorough historical detail and discussing the social context of each style as it developed, from the early 1950s through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and today. Giving comprehensive historical detail and social context, this book places special emphasis on rock as a musical style, dealing with each parameter of music (rhythm, harmony, melody, form, and texture) as it applies to rock music. It covers such topics as the roots of rock, rock and roll as an emerging force, the Fifties, the Sixties, the Beatles, the British Invasion, folk music and folk rock, soul and Motown, San Francisco, jazz and art rock, the Seventies, the Eighties, and recent trends and developments. For anyone interested in a comprehensive book about the history of rock and roll, including those in the music industry, such as disc jockeys, rock music writers, and promoters.
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Editorial Reviews

Appropriate for students of music or of popular culture, this history simultaneously tracks developments both musical and social in the progress of rock and roll from an ostensibly short-lived musical fad for teenagers, to perhaps the dominant cultural artform of its time. Overviews of stylistic developments are interspersed with considerations of influential artists, often explicating their musical innovations in a manner unique to such histories (e.g. a demonstration of how the Rolling Stones adhered to their blues influences even while departing from them as their songwriting developed), which while technical in nature, is made easily digestible to the lay reader or beginning student. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"One of the best treatments of the subject. Good chronology, well written and accessible without any hint of the usual popular music writers excesses." - Ken Keaton, Florida Atlantic University

"I think it's well organized and fits the framework of the semester well." George Beyer, Cypress College

"The text is perfect for my course and our student population that we serve...Simply the best!" Doug Jones, Kentucky Community and Technical College - Jefferson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130993700
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Joseph Stuessy holds the Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music. His undergraduate degree is from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Stuessy served as Professor and Director of the School of Music at Texas State University (2003-2007) and as Professor and Director of the Division of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio (1979-2003).

Dr. Stuessy’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was premiered by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and has been performed by the San Antonio Symphony and the Moscow State Orchestra. His Piano Concerto No. 2 was premiered in 1996. Both concertos have been recorded by the Moscow State Orchestra and are available on Aquarius compact discs. Other works by Dr. Stuessy have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, the Eastman-Rochester Symphony, the Bolshoi Symphony (Moscow), Voices of Change, jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, and various other soloists and ensembles. A complete concert of his compositions was presented in 1993 at the Composer’s Union in Moscow, Russia. In 2005, he was named “Composer of the Year” by the National Federation of Music Clubs.

In 1985, Dr. Stuessy provided invited testimony to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on the topic of rock and roll lyrics. He has taught a course on the history of rock music to over 10,000 students at three major universities (Southern Methodist U, Unviersity of Texas San Antonio, and Texas State University).

Dr. Scott Lipscomb received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he studied with Jerry Coker. In addition, he holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Music (specialization: Systematic Musicology) from the University of California, Los Angeles. For six years, Dr. Lipscomb taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio (1995 to 2001) where he was actively involved with the Institute for Music Research. He was Associate Professor of Music Education & Music Technology at the Northwestern University School of Music from 2001 to 2006. Currently an Associate Professor & Head of the Music Education & Music Therapy Division in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, he teaches a variety of courses in music education, research design, music cognition, music technology, and rock history.

His primary areas of research interest include music integration in the K-12 classroom, integrating technology into the music classroom, developing innovative research techniques for studying musical behaviors, music applications for mobile devices, and experimental investigations to enhance our understanding of the role of music in multimedia (motion pictures, animation, and video games). In addition to authoring this textbook, he has made numerous presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, including those hosted by the Society for Music Perception & Cognition, the European Society for the Cognition of Music, the Society for Research in Music Education, the Minnesota Music Educators Association, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and the College Music Society. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. The Roots of Rock.
3. The Emergence of Rock and Roll.
4. Rock and Roll: Fifties Style.
5. Transition: The Early 1960s.
6. The Beatles.
7. The British Invasion.
8. Folk Music and Folk Rock.
9. Soul and Motown.
10. San Francisco.
11. Jazz Rock.
12. Art Rock.
13. The Seventies.
14. The Eighties.
15. Recent Developments.
16. An Overview and Editorial.
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