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McGill University
Music-Arts Faculty
MUAR 392
Melvin Backstrom

MUAR 392 Lecture Notes May 11 Rubber Soul (1965) and Revolver (1966) taping back together, directions to orchestra to start on lowest  Meet Bob Dylan during second pitch and rise to highest in given American tour who introduces them to time. marijuana; influence almost immediately o Musique Concrete apparent on lyrics  Manipulation of sounds  Beginnings of psychedlia: influence of from “real life” on tape psychelic drugs on music, arts, fashion, for expressive, musical etc. purposes  Appeal to high arts: introspective lyrics; o Extensive sound processing formal complexity; greater textural o Banned by BBC for line: “I’d variety; instrumental expansion (sitar); love to turn you on” influence of early electronic music Cultural Accreditation  Listen to Norwegian Wood (1965)  Chapter 40: What do writers see as new about Beatles?  Incorporation of “high art” elements into what was previously considered Key Example of Musical Psychedelia: “low” thus justifying it as ART “Tomorrow Never Knows”  Done through increase in formal complexity, textural variety, lyrical  Last track of Revolver (1966), strongly depth/ introspection, use of influenced by Beatles experimentation with LSD orchestral instruments and  Lyrics taken from English translation of modernist musical techniques such Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy as musique concrete, and sound Leary and Richard Alpert who had led collage investigations of psychedelic drugs  Publicizing of “high art” influences, (psylocibin from “magic” mushrooms, musical and literary LSD) at Harvard before being fired  Chord changes? Judt, “The Spectre of Revolution”  Rhythm?  Total sound?  Impact of post-war demographic explosion by mid-1960s when first Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) baby boomers were turning 20  Enormous expansion of post- secondary institutions  Considered one of most influential albums in popular music history – why?  Increasing speed of social change  How is it a concept album? What is the leading to unprecedented sense of function of the reprise? (i.e. repetition of difference between younger and first song near end of album) older generations  Controversy over song “Lucy in the Sky  Internationalization of youth culture, with Diamonds” – acronym, for LSD fashion, music, etc.  “Taste for the exotic” informed by “A Day in the Life” (1967) – Last Track of Sgt. Pepper decolonization and national liberation movements  Too complicated
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