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Rock Music Styles: a history 5th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0073121628
ISBN-10: 0073121622
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About the Author

Katherine Charlton Calkins teaches in the music department at Mt. San Antonio College where she spent eight years on the all-college general education committee and then served as chair of the music department for the following ten years. During a yearlong sabbatical in 2007-2008 she studied women composers and compiled biographies, recordings, and listening guides, which she made available to her colleagues to help them add more women to their music appreciation and history classes. As a performer, she has a degree in classical guitar from California State University at Fullerton. She toured in Southern France and Tuscany, playing lute with an early music group led by her late, first husband Andrew Charlton and his friend Gloria Ramsey, both well known in the field of early music. Calkins also played percussion and toured in Japan with the CSUF Wind Ensemble. She got her M.A. in music history and has continued with further graduate study in that same field. As a teacher, she started the guitar program at Mt. San Antonio College, where she continues to teach music history, music appreciation, and history of rock music. Her first book, Rock Music Styles: A History, is now out in its sixth edition, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Experience Music is her second book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies; 5th edition (December 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073121622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073121628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Munari on June 24, 2009
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This is a great book for an overview of the history of rock and roll. It provides a look at the music from the last 50 years. I especially like the listening guide for songs. You have to find your own listening examples on youtube or buy them. Without listening the book only covers so much about the development of rock music. Outstanding book.
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Ms. Charlton's History is the rare rock book written from a musician's point of view. She starts from the very beginning in blues and jazz, and traces the various developments in what we call "rock". For example, she shows there could be no Rolling Stones without Little Richard, and no Little Richard without Howlin' Wolf and gospel. Ms. Charlton is eminently democratic in her even-handed discussion of ALL important rock acts, from Chuck Berry and Bill Haley to Ten Inch Nails. The roles of these groups are musicians are woven together in prose that is always calmly reflective and thorough, while never without enthusiasm. Ms. Charlton obvious loves rock music, and her book is an enduring trust for all those who love it also.
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For a textbook it's pretty good. It's easy to read/follow. And it isn't as boring as most text. It could be the material being discussed and my having a love for (rock) music. At any rate the author did a good job.
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Purchased this book because it was marginally cheaper than the one my college bookstore had. Fairly informative book to understand the different genres of music.
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This book was used for a college course at the community college. I understood it and passed my class.
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Good for reading and re-reading. Lots of good analysis.
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