Rock and Roll: A Social History / Edition 2

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Now updated with two new chapters and an extraordinary collection of photographs, this second edition of Paul Friedlander’s Rock and Roll: A Social History is a smash hit. 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 Smells Like Teen Spirit and beyond. In this musical journey, Friedlander offers the melodious strains and hard-edged riffs of Elvis, the Beatles, The Who, Dylan, Clapton, Hendrix, Motown, the San Francisco Beat, Punk, New Wave, rap, metal, 90’s grunge, plus file sharing, 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 forty 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. 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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Editorial Reviews

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“Despite the omnipresence of rock and roll in our everyday lives, and no matter the range of personal, social, and political uses to which we put the music, we’ve only just begun to study it in our schools. Paul Friedlander’s Rock and Roll: A Social History comes as a significant contribution to the grassroots efforts aiming to remedy that situation. Friedlander proves a fine guide to the complex history of a cultural form that continues to renew itself and those of us who live with it on all sides.”
Warren Zanes, author of Dusty in Memphis and Vice President, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock and Roll: A Social History stands alone! It is far and away the best study available of the rock music mainstream, and has been made even richer, deeper, and more up-to-date in the new revised edition. Its virtues are many, but I especially appreciate Professor Friedlander’s nuanced search for meaning in the music and his sensitivity to the business aspect of the music’s art.”
Dale Cockrell, Professor of Musicology and American Studies, Vanderbilt University and President, Pa’s Fiddle Recordings, LLC

“Paul Friedlander’s Rock and Roll: A Social History has been one of the most accessible surveys of rock and roll’s development. This new edition retains its energetic coverage of rock’s early decades while updating recent events with two new chapters. It remains an informative and enjoyable introduction to the music and its social context.”
Mitchell Hall, Professor of History, Central Michigan University

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As rock and roll enters its fifth decade, critics and scholars have taken up the gauntlet to chart its evolution and examine it within the context of late-20th century civilization. Friedlander, a professor at the Conservatory of Music/University of the Pacific, has done his research, reading Robert Palmer on blues, Dick Hebdige on punk and Tricia Rose on rap, among many others. Still, his tome, despite its subtitle, is better read as a catalogue of rock trivia than as a critique. At the outset, Friedlander traces how gospel, country and blues have influenced everyone from Marvin Gaye and Elvis to the Who. Looking back across classic, alternative, punk and folk rock, Friedlander postulates a rather obvious recipe for success: seizing the moment and having a team approach (talent, manager, producer label support). In his conclusion, he speculates on the oligarchy of the few record labels which now dominate the industry. Although not the definitive cultural critique of rock and roll, this does have an appealing tone as Friedlander combines the ebullience of an amateur with the technical fluency of a musician.(Jan.)
Gorecki (sociology, U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) offers a critique of the most common attempts to formulate objective standards in ethics through appeals to human nature, religion, and reason. He considers the role of norm-making concepts in the history of ethical thought, and shows how justifications based on external authoritative sources may be discounted on analytical or practical grounds, using such instances as divine will and Kantian reason. Of interest to political theorists, philosophers, sociologists, and human rights activists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343068
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 149,469
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1 I can see clearly now : twenty rock and roll lenses 1
2 The roots of rock and roll : I went down to the crossroads 15
3 Classic rockers - the first generation : just give me some of that rock and roll music 25
4 Classic rockers : the second generation : there's good rockin' tonight 41
5 Doo-wop : street corner serenade 61
6 The early sixties : the calm before the storm 67
7 The Beatles : because the world is round it turns me on 75
8 The Rolling Stones : it's only rock and roll but I like it 101
9 The Who : people try to put us down 117
10 Bob Dylan : somethin' is happening, but you don't know what it is 131
11 Folk-rock : so you want to be a rock and roll star 145
12 Soul music : R-E-S-P-E-C-T 155
13 Motown : Hitsville, U.S.A. 169
14 The San Francisco sound : people in motion 185
15 The guitar kings : and I gave her the gun 205
16 The seventies : dazed and confused 227
17 Punk rock : buzzsaw bravado and shock politics 243
18 The eighties : the revolution will be televised 257
19 Notions from underground : the alternative rock and rap uprisings 273
20 We should be together : festival frenzies, electronic dance music culture, heavy metal metamorphoses, and the deregulation of radio and file sharing 293
App. A Some artists who fell through the cracks 313
App. B The rock window - one way to listen and understand 319
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