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Rock Music : Culture, aesthetics, and sociology
Wicke, Peter.
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Uniform Title:
Rockmusik. English
Publication Information:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
300 unnumbered pages
General Note:
Translation of : Rockmusik.
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ML3534 .W56 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Rock music - powerful, sensual, loud and full of energy. It has changed the face of modern music. But what is its fascination for, and its significance in contemporary society and what cultural values does it reflect? Peter Wicke addresses these issues in a stimulating and penetrating study of rock music tracing the genesis and influence of this diverse strand of popular music. Beginning with the advent of rock 'n' roll, Wicke chronicles the development through Elvis Presley and the Beatles to the current music industry, its performers, and the impact of the music video. The book will appeal to readers with an interest in music history, popular culture, and media studies.

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This excellent translation of a book originally published in East Germany presents a thoroughly readable study of the social significance of rock music. In covering the 30 years from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s, Wicke, a noted pop music expert in his own country, has focused almost exclusively on American and British rock. Even the German references in the comprehensive bibliography generally deal with the impact of American and British rock, rather than with indigenous East German rock. The social significance of rock is a subject that has been extensively covered, for example in Herbert I. London's Closing the Circle (CH, Nov'84). Readers interested in the social aspects of Eastern European rock should seek out Timothy Ryback's Rock Around the Bloc (CH, Apr'90). Although he breaks no new ground, Wicke provides some insight into how the musical phenomenon was evaluated in a cultural setting where, until recently, it was banned. Solid scholarship extends to endnotes and two indexes. Recommended for popular culture and media studies, and for academic libraries lower-division undergraduate and up. H. A. Keesing University of Maryland at College Park

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 'Roll Over Beethoven': new experiences in artp. 1
2 'Rock Around the Clock': emergencep. 28
3 'Love Me Do': the aesthetics of sensuousnessp. 48
4 'My Generation': rock music and sub-culturesp. 73
5 'Revolution': the ideology of rockp. 91
6 'We're Only in It for the Money': the rock businessp. 114
7 'Anarchy in the UK': the punk rebellionp. 135
8 'Wild Boys': the aesthetic of the syntheticp. 154
9 Postscript: 'The Times They Are A-Changing'p. 174
Notesp. 184
Bibliographyp. 196
Discographyp. 217
Index of people and groupsp. 219
General indexp. 223