Rock 'n' Roll Wisdom: What Psychologically Astute Lyrics Teach about Life and Love by Barry A. Farber | 9780313082801 | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Rock 'n' Roll Wisdom: What Psychologically Astute Lyrics Teach about Life and Love (Sex, Love, and Psychology Series)

Rock 'n' Roll Wisdom: What Psychologically Astute Lyrics Teach about Life and Love (Sex, Love, and Psychology Series)

by Barry A. Farber
     
 

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The Beatles meet Sigmun Freud. Bob Marley trades ideas with Carl Rogers, and Joni Mitchell shares thoughts with psychological great Erik Erikson. Those aren't actual face-to-face meetings, but a reflection of the fascinating interplay developed for this book by psychologist Barry Farber. In a novel look at rock 'n' roll lyrics, Farber shows us those lyrics that

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The Beatles meet Sigmun Freud. Bob Marley trades ideas with Carl Rogers, and Joni Mitchell shares thoughts with psychological great Erik Erikson. Those aren't actual face-to-face meetings, but a reflection of the fascinating interplay developed for this book by psychologist Barry Farber. In a novel look at rock 'n' roll lyrics, Farber shows us those lyrics that rise above the rest because they are not only clever, but also wise in their psychological themes and conclusions. These great lyrics embody enduring truths about topics as diverse as love, identity, money, sex, religion, aging, social justice, and the search for meaning.

No other book nhastreated rock 'n' roll lyrics so seriously, as a source of both creativity and wisdom. No other book has used rock lyrics to help us understand who we are and why we do what we do. This is a fascinating work that will make readers think about their lives and consider where they have been, as well as where they are going. Featured artists include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Alanis Morissette, and more. Rock lyrics from every decade since the 1950s are featured and intertwined with the theories of such luminaries as Freud, Rogers, Erikson, and John Bowlby. The wisest rock lyrics, says Farber, can teach us something about ourselves that even the greatest figures in psychology have sometimes failed to do.

Join Farber in a far and informative journey across rock 'n' roll history to see how we can learn about significant areas of life through the medium of psychologically wise rock 'n' roll lyrics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313082801
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2007
Series:
Sex, Love, and Psychology
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
372 KB

What People are saying about this

Nancy McWilliams

"The wisdom of these lyrics comes through loud and clear, along with the wisdom of the author, for whom the book has clearly been a labor of love. It will be enjoyed not only by students of psychology, who can find in rock lyrics a much pithier understanding of eternal human questions than they can find in their textbooks, but also by pop music lovers, pop culture mavens, and all of us who have grown up with rock music as the back beat of our complicated, emotionally challenging lives."

Nancy McWilliams, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

Kenneth S. Pope

"Known for his major contributions to psychological science and practice, Dr. Farber has done us all a favor by turning his creative approach to the wisdom of rock 'n' roll and bringing it alive. If you aren't smiling and humming as you read this book--and tempted to jump up and play air guitar--call 911 and tell them your pulse is missing."

Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP, author of What Therapists Don't Talk About and Why

Andy Marvel

"As a songwriter, Dr. Farber has given me new insight into the magical power of a great lyric. I have learned so much from this deliciously readable book!"

Andy Marvel, Songwriter/Producer

Marvin R. Goldfried

"As Farber astutely reminds us in his Preface, our knowledge of human behavior, indeed life, comes from many sources-including poetry, literature and music. In this fascinating and most unique volume, Farber offers a creative melding of his psychological insights about life's joys and challenges with his encyclopedic knowledge of rock 'n' roll. Vividly illustrated with rock lyrics from the past half century, this impressive book is creatively designed for those who love music and want to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be human."

Marvin R. Goldfried, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University

Shirley Halperin

"It's been 50 years since modern-day rock 'n' roll redefined the American musical landscape, allowing plenty of time for its messages to seep into our consciousness through lyrics both deep and seemingly simple. So what does it all mean? Dr. Barry A. Farber's mission is to find out and he does so dutifully with diligent research and an uncanny knack for analyzing the true weight of the written--and sung--word."

Shirley Halperin, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly

Louis Castonguay

"Dr. Farber has written a captivating and insightful book. From the perspective of a well-known researcher, teacher and therapist, he eloquently captures current psychological views on core issues in life (existential, social, political, and spiritual), and shows how these views are echoed and frequently enriched by the evocative wisdom of many rock and roll lyrics. This book will lead you to listen to rock and roll with a more discriminative hear, more appreciative of how songs can touch your soul, punch your heart, revisit your past, give new meaning to your life and new hope for the future. It rocks!"

Louis Castonguay, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

Julian Harris

"Finally! an academic and accessible book on one of our most powerful and overlooked art forms. Barry Farber's Rock 'n Roll Wisdom explores rock music lyrics with insight and sensitivity rarely found in music journalism. It is bound to capture the hearts and minds of a new generation of music lovers, and vindicate generations of rockers who have always felt the depth and power of great lyrics."

Julian Harris, acclaimed composer, songwriter and musician

Paul Gordon

"Barry Farber has a deep understanding and love of rock music. He reminds us that it has the power to change us and the world we live in, if we'll only listen."

Paul Gordon, Keyboardist/Guitarist Goo Goo Dolls, New Radicals, Lisa Marie Presley

Meet the Author

BARRY A. FARBER is Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has twice served as Chair of the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department at Teachers College. He has been the Program Coordinator and Director of Training in the Teachers College Clinical Psychology Program since 1990. He serves on the Editorial Boards for the journals Psychotherapy, Journal of Clinical Psychology/In-Session and Psychotherapy Research. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Yale University in 1978. Farber maintains a private practice in Westchester County, N.Y.

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