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Understanding Rock : Essays in Musical Analysis - John Covach

Understanding Rock

Essays in Musical Analysis

By: John Covach (Editor), Graeme M. Boone (Editor)

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Published: 20th November 1997
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Amid the recent increase in scholarly attention to rock music, Understanding Rock stands out as one of the first books that subjects diverse aspects of the music itself to close and sophisticated analytical scrutiny. Written by some of the best young scholars in musicology and music theory, the essays in this volume use harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, formal, and textual approaches in order to show how and why rock music works as music.
Topics of discussion include the adaptation of blues and other styles to rock; the craft of songwriting; techniques and strategies of improvisation; the reinterpretation of older songs; and the use of the recording studio as a compositional tool. A broad range of styles and groups is covered, including Yes, the Beach Boys, Cream, k.d. lang, Paul Simon, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead.

"An anthology of critical essays focusing on either one or just a handful of songs, the collection offers all the attention to detail that guides the musical analysis of classical music."--American Music "An anthology of critical essays focusing on either one or just a handful of songs, the collection offers all the attention to detail that guides the musical analysis of classical music."--American Music

1: John Covach: Progressive Rock, "Close to the Edge," and the Boundaries of Style 2: Daniel Harrison: After Sundown: The Beach Boys' Experimental Music 3: Dave Headlam: Blues Transformations in the Music of Cream 4: Lori Burns: "Joanie" Get Angry: k. d. lang's Feminist Revision 5: Walter Everett: Swallowed by a Song: Paul Simon's Crisis of Chromaticism 6: Matthew Brown: "Little Wing": A Study in Musical Cognition 7: Graeme M. Boone: Tonal and Expressive Ambiguity in "Dark Star"

ISBN: 9780195100051
ISBN-10: 0195100050
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 20th November 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.34