What People are saying about this
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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