Strange Brew: Metaphors of Magic and Science in Rock Music

Strange Brew: Metaphors of Magic and Science in Rock Music

by Victor Kennedy




"Strange Brew" is the title of a 1967 hit song from Cream's album Disraeli Gears, which featured the most psychedelic cover art ever. The song is what postmodern scholars, influenced by Fredric Jameson, would call a pastiche: its lyrics combine images of love, witchcraft, and getting stoned with a note-for-note rendition of Albert King's traditional blues song "Oh Pretty Woman". The song's title is a metaphor suggesting that words and music can mix to become a kind of magic potion. Strange Brew: Metaphors of Magic and Science in Rock Music traces the evolution of psychedelic music from its roots in rock and roll and the blues to its influence on popular music today. This book shows how metaphor is used to create the effects of songs and their lyrics, and explores how words and music came together as both a cause and effect of the cultural revolution of the nineteen-sixties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443848466
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 145
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Victor Kennedy is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, and he has taught at the University of Toronto and Trent University, Ontario. His articles on visual and conceptual metaphor may be found in Metaphor and Symbol. His most recent book, co-edited with Michelle Gadpaille, is entitled Words and Music.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Is Metaphor the Magic of Music? 7

Chapter 2 How Rock got its Magic from the Blues 31

Chapter 3 Magic and the Blues 37

Chapter 4 Magic in Rock 43

Chapter 5 Psychedelia and The Age of Aquarius 53

Chapter 6 Myth and Legend in Song 69

Chapter 7 Sympathy for the Devil: Rock Gurus and Shamans 81

Chapter 8 Science and Science Fiction in Rock 91

Chapter 9 Flashbacks 111

References 115

Endnotes 127

Index 133

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