-rock music born out of controversy, rebellious image always
appealed to fans.
- mid-1950s, adults accustomed to fatherly crooning of Bing Crosby and the suave,
shocked by Elvis Presley’s blues-influenced singing and suggestive dance moves.
-Teenagers, of course, loved him.
-Beatles’ moptop haircuts upset parents in mid-1960s; setting fashion trend among
youngsters. -Rock pushed boundaries of what was accepted
-artists: JimMorrison,AliceCooper, DavidBowiechallenged cultural
values in late ’60s early ’70s,
-Madonnaand Prince in 1980s.
- Issues such as payola , obscene lyrics have been focus of federal government
-only small portion of rock source of controversy or cultural struggle, nonconformity+
misbehavior central to the rock movement.
- rock’s frequent (and sometimes militant) opposition to status quo, some people surprised
to learn colleges and universities offering courses in rock
- music historians look back on last century, obvious popular music played enormous
recent development of Western musical tradition,
-rock music has been dominant among popular styles.
-Even music historians whose focuses on other genres and decades must take
into account many and often farflung effects rock has had on world of
-Despite acknowledged importance of rock music, determining definition of “rock”
constitutes/ means is difficult .
-Some scholars use term “rock and roll” to describe first wave from 1954 to 1959
-Others describe music after 1964 as “rock.”
-Using these distinct terms preserves many scholars and fans see as an important
difference. -book will employ the term “rock” in broad sense, however, using
term to designate popular music that is produced specifically for a youth audience.
-more encompassing usage still problematic includes seeming contradictions.
-Is rock defined by race, or musical style, or specific musical elements, such
as instrumentation or lyrical content?
-Can 1960s soul be considered rock? How about folk or rap?
-Is all pop also rock, is all rock also pop?
-how do we think about rock music after its musicians and audience have
-Few argue artists : ElvisPresley,Beatles, RollingStones,Jimi Hendrix,Led
Zeppelin,Police,andU2 central to rock movement.
- artists like the Supremes, Madonna, and Kingston Trio harder to
-book will tell history of popular music focuses on rock but includes other styles.
-chapters that follow consider rock in inclusive manner, discussing artists
-main purpose : enormous body of music that covers over fifty years of popular-music
history—to make it easier to understand and appreciate.
-Today more popular music available to listeners than any other time in history of
- Subsequent chapters organize music into styles and eras to make rock repertoire
easier to understand and appreciate, = provide broad stylistic and historical
Rock History in the Media.
-most fans have had some exposure to background information on artists and music.
-those who havent studied rock as academic subject, historical information probably
have come from general interest publications, radio, television, or Internet.
- Magazines : Rolling Stoneand Mojo provide readers information about rock musicians,
their music, aspects of entertainment industry.
- Books targeted at general reader—often written by journalists and music critics—
plentiful and varied.
-Cable networks like VH-1 and MTV offer profiles of artists