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Roger Waters and Pink Floyd: The Concept Albums (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Communication Studies) Hardcover – January 14, 2015
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Phil Rose reveals the meticulous attention that Pink Floyd—largely Roger Waters and David Gilmour—lavished on crafting the new art form in such albums as Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. The reader will be surprised to discover the intellectual depth which rock and roll can achieve while remaining good, solid music. (Dr. Eric McLuhan, Internationally-known and award-winning lecturer on communication and media, co-author Laws of Media (with Marshall McLuhan).)
Phil Rose has undertaken a rigorously thorough, yet eminently readable, exegesis of the lyrics, music and, where appropriate, accompanying imagery from Pink Floyd’s and Water’s live performances... . As is the case with the best scholarly explorations of complex material, Rose’s analysis continually spins off into revealing discussions of other works of art and larger societal issues that Waters alludes to or directly references in his and Floyd’s work. The resulting book is extremely enlightening and will reward even the most ardent Pink Floyd/Rogers Water fan with its insights, permanently altering and enriching all subsequent listening to this extraordinary body of work. (Rob Bowman, Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at York University, Grammy award-winning musicologist who founded popular music studies in Canada, and author of the celebrated book Soulsville U.S.A – The Story of Stax Records.)
With great precision and insight, Phil Rose provides us with an analysis that ranges from a detailed examination of popular music and lyrics as they relate to psychology and biography, aesthetic issues, and the realities of the recording industry, to broader issues concerning culture and counterculture, capitalism and commercialism, and the social impact of media and technology. You don't have to be a Pink Floyd fan to appreciate what is accomplished in this study. (Lance Strate, professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University)
In this articulate and nuanced investigation, Phil Rose reveals how the concept albums of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd, in both their musical structure and lyrics, provide a space of prolonged thought and a mode of mediation by which people can come to see their own culture through outsider eyes. Rose deftly discloses how these albums enable an affirmation of hope for the human spirit in the face of obstacles, adversity, and despair. This interesting and interdisciplinary book will be of great interest to serious fans of Roger Waters and/or Pink Floyd, and also to musicologists, cultural critics, popular music theorists, and humanities scholars more generally. (Corey Anton, professor of Communication Studies, Grand Valley State University)
The music of Pink Floyd, in the iterations that were both groups—the early Syd Barrett-led group, and the later group with Roger Waters as principal songwriter—has always been worthy of serious consideration: artistic, popular and academic. The same of course can be said of Roger Waters' music after he left the band in 1985. Phil Rose, with some measure of a fan's interest and sensibility, but more so with the carefully-conceived and deeply-researched approach of a scholar, has done exactly that. This book is not the first full-length scholarly work about Pink Floyd. It is, however, the first to examine and analyze the full measure of the body of work that is Roger Water's contribution to his art, and which explains how such an idiosyncratic artist, with such a coherent, powerful and evolving vision and set of stories to tell, attained such massive, global success. (Thom Gencarelli Gencarelli, ssociate professor and the founding Chair of Manhattan College's Communication program)
Drawing from the concept albums, interviews, and music critics, Rose shows how Pink Floyd is able reject the alienation of contemporary culture and celebrate the generative power of the individual—a powerful critique that is communicated by a complex interplay of sound-shapes, lyrics, and tone that Rose makes approachable and downright fascinating. This is a very ambitious project, of interest to anyone who has listened to Pink Floyd and struggled to explain how exactly they pulled off these art-rock masterpieces. Rose’s reflection on Pink Floyd’s concept albums is timely, reminding us that what is sold to us as the good life is often crazy or misguided; Pink Floyd, with Waters at the helm, uses every available tool, from stagecraft to synthesizers to critique a neurotic culture, and Rose’s analysis walks us through the craft of their musical masterpieces. (David Franke, professor and director of the professional writing program at SUNY Cortland)
Phil Rose writes about the work of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd with both sweeping synthesis and painstaking attention to detail. Well-versed in music theory and recording technology, Rose provides an in-depth analysis of musical structure, lyrical content, and acoustic characteristics that is sure to fascinate Pink Floyd aficionados. However, the book is no simple listener’s guide. Rose’s comprehensive treatment also offers insightful interpretation of the historical, political, and cultural contexts of this enormous body of work. The end result is a thoughtful book that integrates musicology, music theory, and anthropology to offer a thorough and holistic look at Waters’ recordings. (Kate Einarson, teaches in the Psychology Department at McMaster University)
Through music, lyrics and imagery, Pink Floyd became a clarion call for social change and personal experimentation into the darker regions of our collective, late-20th century consciousness; leaving a cultural and musical legacy as complex as the turbulent times in which the group was formed. Fortunately, Dr. Phil Rose has crafted a thoughtful analysis of the artistic magic and personal mania of this visionary group, going far beyond a fan-based biography to provide a scholarly framework of understanding that incorporates elements of philosophy, psychology, cultural and communication studies, music theory and the science of recording technology. Highly recommended for Pink Floyd fans and all those interested in the intersection of music and popular culture. (Edward E. Tywoniak, associate professor in the School of Liberal Arts at St. Mary’s College of California)
This book combines literary and film criticism with musical hermeneutics and discourse analysis to illustrate how sonic information contributes to the detached listener’s interpretations of the discerning messages of Pink Floyd’s monumental recordings. Phil Rose's primary argument is that the band’s album’s words, sounds, and images collaborate to convey one fundamental concern, which—to paraphrase the music journalist Karl Dallas—is to affirm human values against everything that conspires against them.
About the Author
Phil Rose teaches in the Department of Communication Studies at York University in Toronto.
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