You Say You Want a Revolution: Rock Music in American Culture

You Say You Want a Revolution: Rock Music in American Culture

by Robert G. Pielke



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You Say You Want a Revolution: Rock Music in American Culture by Robert G. Pielke

What does it all mean, this thing called "rock and roll"? This is different from asking what happened, and who did what. A lot books have dealt with these questions. The meaning of rock music in American Culture is another matter entirely. From its roots in the black and white "under-classes," through its clash with the established culture and the inevitable backlash, to its multi-faceted incarnation today, rock and roll has both fostered and reflected a genuine cultural revolution which has gone on to influence the world. Looking at this phenomenon is what distinguishes You Say You Want a Revolution from all the others. Specifically, during the brief history of rock music, American culture has undergone a period of continuous turbulence, with the fundamental values pertaining to race, sex, work and authority undergoing challenge and change. You Say You Want a Revolution examines the interplay in this period between the larger American culture and this musical phenomenon that has become so much a part of it. One Reviewer notes: "This is one of the most accurate and significant books ever written describing the impact of rock 'n' roll as a cultural form that worked to transform American culture." [Richard Koenigsberg, Ph. D. New York]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830412013
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/1986
Pages: 270

About the Author

Robert G. Pielke, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, now lives in Claremont. California. He earned a B.A. at the University of Maryland, an M.Div. at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, and a Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. He began his teaching career in philosophy at George Mason University and is now teaching at El Camino College in California. Aside from his academic writings, he has published short stories, film reviews, and two novels [Science Fiction-Alternate History] with more on the way.

Table of Contents

Intro: America's Cultural Revolution Part 1: Music and Culture 1. Rock Music and Contemporary American Culture 2. What is Rock Music? 3. A Suggested Typology Part 2: Medium and Message 4. Radio: The Creation of a New Community 5. Records: The Newest Testament 6. Film: A Creative Tension 7. Television: Bringing It All Back Home Part 3: Revolution and Revelation 6. Elvis and the Negation of the Fifties 7. The Beatles and the Affirmation of the Sixties 8. Dormancy and the Re-Creation of the Interim 9. Re-actualization and the New Music of the Counterreaction Epilogue: California: The Shape of Things to Come

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