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Rock: The Primary Text: Developing a Musicology of Rock / Edition 2

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This thoroughly revised second edition of Allan Moore's groundbreaking book features new sections on melody, Britpop, authenticity, intertextuality, and an extended discussion of texture. Rock's 'primary text' - its sounds - is the focus of attention here. Allan Moore argues for the development of a musicology particular to rock within the context of the background to the genres, the beat and rhythm and blues styles of the early 1960s, 'progressive' rock and subsequent styles. He also explores the fundamental issue of rock as a medium for self-expression, and the relationship of this to changing musical styles. Rock: The Primary Text remains innovative in its exploration of an aesthetics of rock.
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Moore (music, Thames Valley U.) contends that musicologists have not paid sufficient attention to the "primary text" of rock music: the sounds themselves. He applies the fundamentals of the field to the background of music in the early 1960s; explores the relation between self-expression and musical style; and traces the evolution of styles. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754602989
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of music examples
A note on attributions
Introduction 1
1 Issues in theory 9
The musicological background 9
Analytical approaches 11
The aesthetic question 15
The pop-classical split 18
Intensional/extensional 22
Listening strategy, style and function 24
Analytic language 29
2 Elements of an analytic musicology of rock 33
Notation 34
Instrumental roles 35
Rhythmic organization 41
The voice 44
Melody 49
Harmonic patterns and formal structures 52
Open-ended repetitive patterns 55
The open/closed principle 58
Composing at the instrument 59
3 Progressive styles and issues 64
Rock traditions 66
The beginnings of progressive rock 69
'African American' influences 71
Blues as pretext 73
Blues as (con)text 76
Improvisation in rock 83
The jazz influence 88
Art rock 90
Listening to progressive rock 98
An insular path 101
Progressive folk 107
Fantasy 109
Conclusion: the progress of progressive rock 114
4 A profusion of styles 119
Technology and texture 120
Glam rock 126
The punk aesthetic 129
The punk diaspora 139
Beyond progressive rock 145
Hard rock and heavy metal 147
Synthesizer rock 151
Timbre and its gestural qualities 154
Authenticity reconstituted: guitar bands 157
Authenticity reconstituted: roots rock 165
Britpop 172
5 Meanings 181
Communication 181
The mediation of self-expression 187
Style and identity 191
Meaning and style 195
Authenticity and intertextuality 198
Parody, pastiche and performance 201
Stylistic development 211
Conclusion 216
Glossary of musicological terms 223
Bibliography 228
Discography 239
Index 249
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