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What's That Sound?: An Introduction to Rock and Its History Second Edition Edition
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The book introduces the reader to a world of music prior to rock and roll and provides an elementary lesson in the composition of rock music. From that point, it proceeds in a chronological order through time to the late 1990's offering period specific examples of songs while emphasizing the influences of new music as it develops. Styles discussed include: early rock, British rock, Motown, Psychedelia, Disco, Punk, Rap, and Heavy Metal just to name a few. Though I do not like all styles discussed, after reading the book I definitely have a greater appreciation for the artistic value and history of all forms of music.
The emergence of the rock genre originally targeted teenagers following WWII, and centered on themes important to them such as romance and dancing. As it progressed, so did the themes of the music to target politics, drugs, sex, violence, discrimination, and even societal norms. The focus of music would change from dancing, to the listening experience with the hippie aesthetic, and ultimately seemingly to merge the two.Read more ›
Great to support the courses or as a standalone
This is music history not entertainment, so the focus is on the music not the personal lives of the artists
I've gained great perspective on larger trends, influences, origins, etc. as well as the impact of technology and record industry practices and priorities.
2nd addition adds some nice color photos.
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I owned the latest edition (2015) and don't really like the quality paper as well as the printing. Decided to buy a used of this edition under 10$, love that. Read morePublished 6 months ago by TRI TRUONG
Bought to use in the music appreciation class I teach. Wanted more info into the early rock years to fill in some holes in my curriculum.Published 8 months ago by A. King
Excellent history of Rock. It is a great supplement to the online course through the U of Rochester that John Covach teaches. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Tanke
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