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Providing the perfect balance of cultural and musical analysis, Rock: Music, Culture, and Business by Joseph G. Schloss, Larry Starr, and Christopher Waterman tells the full story of rock 'n' roll, from its earliest beginnings to today.

* Balances the history of the music business and the impact of social and cultural movements on the story of rock
* Enhanced coverage of contemporary rock music, including the impact of rap
* Integrates lively pedagogy:
—- Detailed listening guides highlighting the significant elements of more than forty key recordings
—- More than 100 photos, many in full color
—- Boldfaced key terms and a glossary
* Robust support package:
—- Instructor Resource CD containing a computerized Test Bank (978-0-19-975837-1)
—- Companion Website (

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Reads as enjoyably as a novel, moving swiftly between events and the effects on music and society. Superb conclusions at the end of each chapter and balanced discussions of business, technology, culture, lifestyle, and the impact of rock 'n' roll on history."—David Englert, Sam Houston State University

"The discussion of song forms was the clearest that I have read in any pop and rock text."—Tony Steve, Jacksonville University

"Covers topics and musicians not covered in other texts. . . . Easy-to-follow listening guides help students understand the structures of a variety of songs."—Clarence Hines, University of North Florida

"This book is distinguished by its clear writing and compelling argument that rock can provide a way of looking at history."—Patrick Warfield, University of Maryland

"I especially like the strong social history view that the book takes."—Kristian Twombly, St. Cloud State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199758364
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/27/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 106,385
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph G. Schloss is Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New York University. He is the author of Foundation: B-boys, B-girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York (OUP, 2009) and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (2004), which won the 2005 Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. His writing has appeared in URB, Vibe, The Seattle Weekly, The Flavor, and the anthologies Classic Material and Total Chaos.

Larry Starr is Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He is a respected scholar on the music of Gershwin, Copland, and Ives, and on popular music. He is the author of George Gershwin (2011), The Dickinson Songs of Aaron Copland (2003), and A Union of Diversities: Style in the Music of Charles Ives (1992). His articles have appeared in American Music, Perspectives of New Music, and The Musical Quarterly.

Christopher Waterman is Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. An anthropologist specializing in the music of Africa and the Americas, Dr. Waterman is the author of Jùjú: A Social History and Ethnography of an African Popular Music (1990) and guest editor of the volume Globalization: Cultural Expression, Creativity and Innovation (2010). He is also a bassist who has performed professionally in a wide variety of popular genres.

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Table of Contents

Each Chapter ends with a Conclusion
List of Listening Guides
Music and Identity
What Is Rock?
A Note on the Terms "Rock 'n' Roll" and "Rock"
Chapter 1: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll
Popular Music Before the Rise of Rock 'n' Roll
The Southern Roots of Rock 'n' Roll
Pre-Rock 'n' Roll Rhythm & Blues
Country and Western Music
Three Big Hits of the Pre-Rock 'n' Roll Period
— "Goodnight, Irene" (Strophic Song Form)
— "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie" (12-Bar Blues Form)
— "Love and Marriage" (AABA Song Form)
Chapter 2: The Rise of Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-1959
Cover Versions and Early Rock 'n' Roll
The Rock 'n' Roll Business
Chapter 3: Early Rock 'n' Roll Musicians
The First Generations
— Chuck Berry
— The Electric Guitar and Rock 'n' Roll
— Little Richard
— Boogie-Woogie Piano Music
The Next Generation
— Elvis Presley
— Jerry Lee Lewis
— Buddy Holly
— Latin American Influences
Wild, Wild Young Women: The Lady Vanishes
Songwriters and Producers of Early Rock 'n' Roll
Chapter 4: Pop Music in the Early 1960s
The Rise of Soul Music: Ray Charles and Sam Cooke
— Ray Charles and Soul Music
— Sam Cooke
The Twist
"Teenage Symphonies": Phil Spector
Berry Gordy and Motown
The California Sound
— Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys
— Other "Surf Music"
Chapter 5: The British Invasion and American Responses
The Beatles and the British Invasion
The Rolling Stones and Other Invaders
Meanwhile, Back in California
Urban Folk Music: Bob Dylan
Chapter 6: From Rock 'n' Roll to Rock: 1965-1970
The Influence of the Counterculture
— Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
— Satanic Majestics: The Rolling Stones after Sgt. Pepper
— The San Francisco Scene
— The Doors
Folk Rock and Country Rock
Rock and Soul
— James Brown
— Aretha Franklin
— Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Relationship of Rock and Soul
— Sly Stone and Santana: The Rebirth of Rock Multiculturalism
Guitar Heroes: Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton
Chapter 7: The 1970s: Rock Becomes Established
Rock Comes of Age
The Rock Album
Rock Culture
Led Zeppelin and Hard Rock
Stadium Rock
Southern Rock
Jazz Rock
Singer/Songwriters and Soft Rock
The Eagles
Chapter 8: The 1970s: Rock Offshoots and Responses
Punk Rock and New Wave
Reggae Music—Rock in the Diaspora
— The Rastafarian Movement
— Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley
— The Popularization of Reggae in the United States
Funk Music
The Rise of Disco
Mixing and Scratching: The Origins of Rap Music
Chapter 9: Rock Superstars of the 1980s
MTV As Hit Maker: Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer"
The Impact of Digital Technologies
Thriller and Born in the U.S.A.
— Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1982)
— Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)
New Wave Goes Dancing: "Sweet Dreams"
"Baby I'm a Star": Madonna, Prince, and the Production of Celebrity
— Madonna
— Prince
Chapter 10: 1980s Rock: New Alternatives, New Accents
Heavy Metal
Hardcore Punk
Hip-Hop Breaks Through
The Rise of "World Music"
Paul Simon's Graceland and the Politics of "Worldbeat"
Chapter 11: Rock in the 1990s: Alternative Becomes the Mainstream
Home Recording
On the Term "Alternative"
"Smells Like Teen Spirit": Alternative Rock Hits the Charts
The 1990s Rock Mainstream
Jam Bands
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
— The Rise of Gangsta Rap
— Hip-Hop, Digital Sampling, and the Law
— Gangsta Rap Conflicts
— All Hail the Queen
World Music/Rock Collaboration
Chapter 12: The Internet Era: 2000-
Music and the Internet: The Revolution Will Be Downloaded
There's No Place Like Home: Digital Recording, Pro-Tools, and Rock Music
"The System Is Broken": Changes in the Music Business
Rock Music in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Rock around the World
Hip-Hop in the Early Twenty-First Century
— Jay-Z
— Kanye West
— Eminem
— Outkast
Coda: Patterns in Rock History

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