Rock Music in American Culture
The Sounds of Revolution, 2d ed.
About the Book
From its roots in the black and white “under classes” through its clash with the broader culture to its multifaceted incarnation today, rock and roll has fostered and reflected a genuine cultural revolution that has gone on to influence the world.
This critical work investigates rock music from a philosophical perspective, an approach rarely seen in the literature. Topics include a definition of rock music and a suggested typology; an examination of rock on radio and in television and film; and a depiction of what is to come. Of particular interest is how rock’s shifting mores have mirrored the complex changes experienced by American society as it has undergone almost continuous turbulence.
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About the Author(s)
Robert G. Pielke
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
Table of Contents
Part One. Music and Culture 9
1. Rock Music and Contemporary American Culture 11
2. What Is Rock Music? 15
3. A Suggested Typology 23
Part Two. Medium and Message 63
4. Radio: The Creation of a New Community 67
5. Records: The Newest Testament 80
6. Film: A Creative Tension 92
7. Television: Bringing It All Back Home 105
8. The Internet: You Say You Want a Web-o-lution 120
Part Three. Revolution and Revelation 135
9. Elvis and the Negation of the Fifties 142
10. The Beatles and the Affirmation of the Sixties 155
11. Dormancy and the Re-creation of the Interim 174
12. The Counter-Reaction and Defense 193
13. The Re-actualization and Rebirth 223
Epilogue: The Shape of Things to Come 232
Chapter Notes 243
Book Reviews & Awards
“an exhaustive look at the way rock music has shaped public attitudes…a worthy addiction”—Bookviews; “a uniquely philosophical perspective on rock and roll…an earnest, intimate exploration of the phenomena by someone who has lived through it…Pielke’s writing confidently—and successfully—strides the line between academic rigour and wider accessibility…three weeks spent reading this book from cover to cover has returned my mind to many of the values imbued by my earliest, most intimate, experiences of music. For the first time in years, I’ve been listening to Beatles tracks again, hearing them resound clearly in my head, feeling their rainbow of sensations spill out and over my body”—The Uncustomary Book Review; “Pielke explores rock’s influence and relationship with American’s cultural past, present, and future”—Reference & Research Book News.