MUSC 2150 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Mr. Tambourine Man, Record Producer, Oldies

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22 Jun 2012
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Beginning of Folk Rock & America’s response to folk rock
Folk-ies don’t want to be associated with Rock
o Performers of rock lacked authenticity and talent. They didn’t like the way it was
produced
o Rock is about sex. Folk is about love, peace, political, old stories, NOT about sex.
Bob Dylan liked the idea of folk rock. Resented his ostracisation
Folk music takes lyrics seriously. Folk rock retained that aspect. Folk revival influence rock
landscape with having thoughtful lyrics.
Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan
o What’s rock about it : organ riff (blues-based British rock), rebellious, angry,
o Electric guitar, organ, finger cymbals, drums, piano, bass?
o What’s folk about it: form [A A A A], melody is boring, he steps out of time a lot with the
vocals (draw attention to lyrics). Simple verse form.
o Lyrics are about: calling folks hypocrites, folk is supposed to be democratic, not elitist,
which is what folk have become.
Elitist folks rejected electric guitar, but others liked the mix of electric guitar and folk.
Mr Tambourine Man The Byrds, music by Bob Dylan
o Very allegorical
o What’s rock about : electric guitar, electric bass, a bit of Brill Building (can also be 2nd
folk revival), riff(lick),
o What’s folk: 3-part harmony, structure (chorus),
o References to drug use, teenage experimentation (unsual in folk, but not unusual in
rock)
o Song uses 12-string guitar same 6 spots as regular guitar, just double strings (groups
are called courses)
Return of blues through British rock inspired young musicians to try playing in their own bands:
garage bands. Started singing blues-based rock. A lot of them became one-hit wonders
Louie Louie The Kingsmen
o Simple verse chorus
o Less polished, more emotional. Rough raw sound of the oldies; seems more intimate.
Lyrics aren’t genious
Guitar sound: from Yardbirds, distortion, improvising from blues
The Monkeys represent same approach to R&R, not talented musicians, sound produced in their
name was polished, professional.
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Beginning of folk rock & america"s response to folk rock. Folk-ies don"t want to be associated with rock. Week 6: performers of rock lacked authenticity and talent. They didn"t like the way it was produced: rock is about sex. Folk is about love, peace, political, old stories, not about sex. Bob dylan liked the idea of folk rock. Folk revival influence rock landscape with having thoughtful lyrics. Simple verse form: lyrics are about: calling folks hypocrites, folk is supposed to be democratic, not elitist, which is what folk have become. Elitist folks rejected electric guitar, but others liked the mix of electric guitar and folk. Return of blues through british rock inspired young musicians to try playing in their own bands: garage bands. Louie louie the kingsmen: simple verse chorus, less polished, more emotional. Rough raw sound of the oldies; seems more intimate. Guitar sound: from yardbirds, distortion, improvising from blues.

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