This social history of "rocknroll" traces the development of popular music from 1900 to 1990, concentrating on the emergence of rock as a separate "stream" or musical style within the music business. Ennis's thesis is that rock music grew out of the social, artistic, cultural, and economic changes that took place in post-World War II America. His somewhat dry prose lacks the vitality and sweep of other rock texts, such as Charlie Gillett's updated The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll ( LJ 8/70; Pantheon, 1984. rev. ed.), but nonetheless is a solid, extensive, well-researched history of rock music. Recommended for large academic libraries.--Debora Richey, California State Univ.
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