Katherine Charlton Calkins is returning to the position of chair of the music department at Mt. San Antonio College in fall, 2008, after having had a full-year sabbatical to study music by women composers. As a performer, she has a degree in classical guitar and has toured in Southern France and Tuscany playing lute with an early music group with her late, first husband Andrew Charlton. She also played percussion in the California University at Fullerton Wind Ensemble when they toured in Japan. She got her M.A. degree in music history and has continued with further graduate study in that same field. As a teacher, she started the guitar program at Mt. San Antonio College in 1974, where she continues to teach music history and appreciation. She began to teach a course in the history of rock music in the early nineteen-eighties and decided to try writing her own book because she did not really like any that were available at that time. That book, Rock Music Styles: A History was published in its first edition in 1990 and is now out in its fifth edition, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Her second book, Experience Music, also published by McGraw-Hill, will be out in its second edition summer of 2008.
If you love the history of Rock 'N Roll, then you'll love this textbook!
We had to purchase this textbook for a college class I was super-excited to take during my senior year of high school called, "The History of Rock 'N Roll". What's even better about this story is that my school paid for the class since I said I was interested in music and might make it a career choice (which was totally a lie [career choice part], but that was the only way they were going to sponsor the class!) Anywho, this book is an amazing compilation of rock music from its early beginnings onward to present day (or at least to 2003 [it was 2008 when I took the class] with Outkast as the last artists I remember seeing on the last page. It is updated every few years or so though, so I'm sure the newer versions have updated musicians and songs near the end. And if you are having to purchase this book for a class, let me just say that you are probably awesome, because there's most likely no degree that requires you to take a rock music class, and yet you still are, which says a lot about you as a person...and that is...that you're probably a whole heck of a lotta fun! Enjoy!
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