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The Rock History Reader is a collection of primary source material that brings to life the often contentious issues, arguments, conflicts and creative tensions that have defined rock's momentous rise and spread. The readings range from the vivid autobiographical accounts of such rock icons as Chuck Berry, Ronnie Spector, and David Lee Roth and the writings of noted rock critics like Lester Bangs and Simon Reynolds to a variety of selections from media critics, musicologists, fanzine writers, legal experts, sociologists and prominent political figures. Arranged chronologically, The Rock History Reader tells the history of rock as it has been received and explained as a social and musical practice through its five-decade history.
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"Cateforis (Syracuse Univ.) collected an exemplary variety of essays for this edition. He orders the nearly 70 entries chronologically, in so doing creating a definable flow that tells the history of rock 'n' roll as an evolving art. Summing up: Highly Recommended" - D. V. Moskowitz, University of South Dakota in CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415975018
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/2006
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Theo Cateforis is Associate Professor of Music History and Cultures in the Department of Art and Music Histories at Syracuse University, where he specializes in American music and popular music studies. He is the author of Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s (2011).

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Copyright Acknowledgments     xv
The 1950s
Chuck Berry: In His Own Words     3
R&B: A Danger to the Music Business?   Abel Green     15
Elvis Presley and "The Craze"   John Crosby     17
"Elvis Defends Low-Down Style"   Kays Gary     19
"Experts Propose Study of Craze'"   Milton Bracker     21
The Rock 'n' Roll Audience: "But Papa, It's My Music, I Like It"   Jeff Greenfield     23
Leiber & Stoller   Ted Fox     29
The History of Chicano Rock   Ruben Guevara     37
The 1960s
Phil Spector and the Wall of Sound   Ronnie Spector     45
The Beatles, Press Conference, 1964     53
"Beatlemania Frightens Child Expert"   Dr. Bernard Saibel     55
George Martin: On the Beatles     57
"Understanding Dylan"   Paul Williams     63
Motown: A Whiter Shade of Black   Jon Landau     69
"An Interview with Wilson Pickett"   Jim Delehant     75
James Brown: Soul Brother No. 1   Fred Wesley, Jr.     77
"Goodbye Surfing Hello God!-The ReligiousConversion of Brian Wilson"   Jules Siegel     87
Rock and the Counterculture   Chester Anderson     99
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"   Tom Wolfe     103
"The Country Boom"   Barret Hansen     111
Woodstock Nation   Joan Morrison   Robert K. Morrison     115
The 1970s
James Taylor, Singer-Songwriter   Burt Korall     123
"Cock Rock: Men Always Seem to End Up on Top"     125
The Art of the Hard Rock Lifestyle   David Lee Roth     131
"How to Be a Rock Critic"   Lester Bangs     143
"Reggae: The Steady Rock of Black Jamaica"   Andrew Kopkind     153
"Roots and Rock: The Marley Enigma"   Linton Kwesi Johnson     157
Dub and the Sound of Surprise   Richard Williams     159
Art Rock   John Rockwell     163
"Why Don't We Call It Punk?"   Legs McNeil   Gillian McCain     167
The Subculture of British Punk   Dick Hebdige     173
Disco: Four Critics Address the Musical Question     181
"The Confessions of a Gay Rocker"   Adam Block     185
The 1980s
Punk Goes Hardcore    Jack Rabid     195
College Rock: "Left of the Dial"   Gina Arnold     201
"Roll Over Guitar Heroes; Synthesizers Are Here"   Jon Young     207
"The MTV Aesthetic"   Richard Gehr     213
Post-Punk's "Radical Dance Fictions"   Simon Reynolds     219
Molly Hatchet: Celebrity Rate a Record     223
"The Cult of Violence"   Tipper Gore     227
Heavy Metal and The Highbrow/Lowbrow Divide   Robert Walser     235
"The Real Thing-Bruce Springsteen"   Simon Frith     247
Hip Hop Nation   Greg Tate     255
"Madonna-Finally, a Real Feminist"   Camille Paglia     259
"Can Madonna Justify Madonna?"   Barbara Grizzuti Harrison     261
The 1990s
Is As Nasty As They Wanna Be Obscene?     267
"Public Enemy's Bomb Squad"   Tom Moon     275
"The Death of Sampling?"   Mark Kemp     279
"Kurt Cobain and the Politics of Damage"   Sarah Ferguson     283
"The Problem with Music"   Steve Albini     287
"Feminism Amplified"   Kim France     295
"Rock Aesthetics and Musics of the World"    Motti Regev     303
Fat Boy Slim Explains Electronic Dance Music   Michael Gelfand     309
Nu Metal and Woodstock '99   Barry Walters     313
Indie Pop Goes Twee   Joey Sweeney     317
The 2000s
"My Week on the Avril Lavigne E-Team"   Chris Dahlen     325
"Punk's Earnest New Mission"   Michael Azerrad     331
"Rip. Burn. Die.": The Music Industry Sings the Blues   David Sheff   Rob Tannenbaum     337
"The Rap Against Rockism"   Kelefa Sanneh     351
Index     355
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