Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s

Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s

by David Simonelli

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ISBN-13: 9780739170526
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Simonelli is associate professor of history at Youngstown State University.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements

Introduction
1
Society, Culture and Music in Britain Before 1963
2
The Beatles
3
London
4
Mods
5
Marketing a Lifestyle
6
Psychedelia
7
Folk Rock
8
The Counterculture
9
Progressive Rock
10
Heavy Metal and Hard Rock
11
Glamrock
12
The Business of Rock Music
13
Punk

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

What People are Saying About This

David P. Szatmary

Working Class Heroes takes an interesting direction, looking at the disintegration of the British class structure through the prism of rock and roll. Unlike the U.S. which has more of a distinction based upon race, British society saw the downfall of the traditional class structure and its left-over aristocracy through the introduction of mass consumption, including the mass commoditization of its music through rock and roll. The author does an excellent job showing how rock and roll reflects this significant cultural change in British society and offers a unique perspective.

Dennis Dworkin

Too often the history of rock music is written for fans, and the result is that such accounts tend to be chatty and superficial. In contrast, this book contextualizes British rock in a wider context, at a pivotal moment in postwar British history. Working Class Heroes is a thoroughly enjoyable, clearly written, and nicely researched account of British rock, which situated it within a larger narrative of British social and cultural transformation, while at the same time discussing a transatlantic context, which is an absolutely indispensable dimension of any history of rock during this period.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a thorough analysis of British rock and social class.  well done!