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Rock and Roll: Its History and Stylistic Development (6th Edition) Paperback – March 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0136010685 ISBN-10: 0136010687 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136010687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136010685
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each chapter in this book uses rock music as a foundation to help readers learn a specific element of music such as melody, form, timbre, texture, and rhythm. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Key Benefit: Each chapter in this book uses rock music as a foundation to help readers learn a specific element of music such as melody, form, timbre, texture, and rhythm. Key Topics: Overviews succinctly discuss the principle topic of each section, for example: historical trends, social interrelationships, and the extramusical environment. Musical close-ups conclude each chapter and spotlight the technical musical elements, including instrumentation in rock 12-bar blues and rhythm in early rock. A three-decade rock history review offers eight basic statements and an editorial reflecting the author's subjective judgments on the status and future of rock and roll. Market: An interesting book for music enthusiasts, musicians, and music teachers and students. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin G. Simpson on December 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has a publication date of 2008, and while it thoroughly covers the history of rock music through the 1980's, it's very unfortunate that it does not provide significant coverage of the last two decades. The 00's are almost over, and there have been significant changes to rock over the past two decades that deserve much greater coverage.

There is barely any coverage of the grunge era, and little or no coverage of the post-grunge era, the fusion of metal and hip-hop (Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, Papa Roach), the new alternative metal scene of the 00's (Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle), the re-emergence of punk and the new genres it has spurred (emo, new garage rock, pop-punk), the fusion of rock music with dance (Finger Eleven, Good Charlotte), or the thorough history and maturing of rap and hip hop. The last two decades have provided a very rich history of developments in rock music and should be covered if you are going to claim to provide a "complete" history of rock music through 2008. Rock music does not just cover the "60s, 70s, 80s, and today." "Today" should not be inclusive of the 90s and 00s, for each decade deserves its own unique chapter in the history of the most advanced form of popular music in the history of the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Leach on July 14, 2008
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I used an earlier edition of this fine book some years ago in teaching a college-level history of rock and roll, and the only reason I give it four rather than five stars is the obscene price. Stuessy's aim in writing the book was not just to introduce the history of rock and roll, but to introduce students to the various elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre) and of musical formal structures: these items are covered in detail, relating to the music of the appropriate chapter, in end-of-chapter supplements. In other words, Stuessy is trying in part to promote musical literacy among people who do not take a more traditional class in "music appreciation." I would not expect that many people without some formal musical training could make complete sense of the supplements, but it is a textbook, not a self-help manual, and I had great success with the book in class. The main text, however, is independent of the more technical supplements, and can be read as an excellent and insightful history of rock and roll.
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By Emily Cortes on May 18, 2014
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Pages almost untouched. It's a great book. Got it before estimated shipment date. I'm using this book for my summer classes, so getting it ahead of time is even better. Thanks!
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There was quite a bit of writing in the textbook itself from the previous owner(s), but it's put together overall and not completely disheveled; it serves its purpose as a textbook.
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By Shellene Langley on September 18, 2013
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I am very happy with this book and the condition it came in. Thank you very much for getting it to me on time as well.
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By Demaris Dietz on March 11, 2013
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This book was required for my music class. It's pretty good...meets the requirements of the class. I do enjoy the content.
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