What is rock? This book offers a new and systematic approach to understanding rock by applying sociological concepts in a historical context. Deena Weinstein, a rock critic, journalist, and academic, starts by outlining an original approach to understanding rock, explaining how the form has developed through a complex and ever-changing set of relations between artists, fans, and mediators. She then traces the history of rock in America through its distinctive eras, from rock's precursors to rock in the digital age. The book includes suggested listening lists to accompany each chapter, a detailed filmography of movies about rock, and a wide range of visuals and fascinating anecdotes. Never separating rock music from the social, political, economic, and cultural changes in America's history, Rock'n America provides a comprehensive overview of the genre and a new way of appreciating its place in American society.
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Table of ContentsList of Illustrations
Suggested Listening Lists
1. What is Rock?
2. Rock's Precursors, 1946–1953
3. Rock Begins, 1954–1958
4. Mainstreaming Rock and Roll, 1959–1963
5. The Times They Were A-changin', 1964–1967
6. The Best and Worst of Times, 1968–1973
7. The Shame and the Splendor, 1974–1978
8. Draining of the Mainstream, 1979–1982
9. Visuals Rule While Indie Rocks, 1983–1990
10. Alternative to What? 1991–1996
11. Decentering Rock, 1997–2002
12. Rock in the Digital Age, 2003–now
What People are Saying About This
Weinstein covers all of the agreed upon important moments in rock history, while providing an original framework in which to understand that history as it is influenced by cultural, political, technological, and economic factors.
Scholars of post–World War II American culture and music, along with teachers and their students, will find Deena Weinstein's Rock'n America an original, creative, and comprehensive examination of the development, changes, and meaning of rock 'n' roll from the 1950s to the present.
The first book of its kind—a comprehensive history of rock music in America, designed specifically for undergraduate teaching. I can't wait to use this book for my Sociology of Rock course.
Rock'n America takes us on an incredible journey through rock music's many manifestations. Weinstein is especially insightful in revealing how the music has been shaped by not only the artists, but also the events of the day, and the various mediators, including the fans. Her enthusiasm is contagious. The book is thoroughly researched and comprehensive, but never reads like a dull factoid history.