Table of Contents

Each Chapter ends with a Conclusion
List of Listening Guides

Music and Identity
What Is Rock?
A Note on the Terms “Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Rock”

Chapter 1: The Prehistory of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Popular Music Before the Rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll
The Southern Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Pre-Rock ‘n’ Roll Rhythm & Blues
Country and Western Music
Three Big Hits of the Pre-Rock ‘n’ Roll Period
– “Goodnight, Irene” (Strophic Song Form)
– “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie” (12-Bar Blues Form)
– “Love and Marriage” (AABA Song Form)

Chapter 2: The Rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1954–1959
Cover Versions and Early Rock ‘n’ Roll
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Business

Chapter 3: Early Rock ‘n’ Roll Musicians
The First Generations
– Chuck Berry
– The Electric Guitar and Rock ‘n’ Roll
– Little Richard
– Boogie-Woogie Piano Music
The Next Generation
– Elvis Presley
– Jerry Lee Lewis
– Buddy Holly
– Latin American Influences
Wild, Wild Young Women: The Lady Vanishes
Songwriters and Producers of Early Rock ‘n’ Roll

Chapter 4: Pop Music in the Early 1960s
The Rise of Soul Music: Ray Charles and Sam Cooke
– Ray Charles and Soul Music
– Sam Cooke
The Twist
“Teenage Symphonies”: Phil Spector
Berry Gordy and Motown
The California Sound
– Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys
– Other “Surf Music”

Chapter 5: The British Invasion and American Responses
The Beatles and the British Invasion
The Rolling Stones and Other Invaders
Meanwhile, Back in California
Urban Folk Music: Bob Dylan

Chapter 6: From Rock ‘n’ Roll to Rock: 1965–1970
The Influence of the Counterculture
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
– Satanic Majestics: The Rolling Stones after Sgt. Pepper
– The San Francisco Scene
– The Doors
Folk Rock and Country Rock
Rock and Soul
– James Brown
– Aretha Franklin
– Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Relationship of Rock and Soul
– Sly Stone and Santana: The Rebirth of Rock Multiculturalism
Guitar Heroes: Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton

Chapter 7: The 1970s: Rock Becomes Established
Rock Comes of Age
The Rock Album
Rock Culture
Led Zeppelin and Hard Rock
Stadium Rock
Southern Rock
Jazz Rock
Singer/Songwriters and Soft Rock
The Eagles

Chapter 8: The 1970s: Rock Offshoots and Responses
Punk Rock and New Wave
Reggae Music–Rock in the Diaspora
– The Rastafarian Movement
– Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley
– The Popularization of Reggae in the United States
Funk Music
The Rise of Disco
Mixing and Scratching: The Origins of Rap Music

Chapter 9: Rock Superstars of the 1980s
MTV As Hit Maker: Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer”
The Impact of Digital Technologies
Thriller and Born in the U.S.A.
Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1982)
Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)
New Wave Goes Dancing: “Sweet Dreams”
“Baby I’m a Star”: Madonna, Prince, and the Production of Celebrity
– Madonna
– Prince

Chapter 10: 1980s Rock: New Alternatives, New Accents
Heavy Metal
Hardcore Punk
Hip-Hop Breaks Through
The Rise of “World Music”
Paul Simon’s Graceland and the Politics of “Worldbeat”

Chapter 11: Rock in the 1990s: Alternative Becomes the Mainstream
Home Recording
On the Term “Alternative”
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”: Alternative Rock Hits the Charts
The 1990s Rock Mainstream
Jam Bands
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
– The Rise of Gangsta Rap
– Hip-Hop, Digital Sampling, and the Law
– Gangsta Rap Conflicts
All Hail the Queen
World Music/Rock Collaboration

Chapter 12: The Internet Era: 2000–
Music and the Internet: The Revolution Will Be Downloaded
There’s No Place Like Home: Digital Recording, Pro-Tools, and Rock Music
“The System Is Broken”: Changes in the Music Business
Rock Music in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Rock around the World
Hip-Hop in the Early Twenty-First Century
– Jay-Z
– Kanye West
– Eminem
– Outkast

Coda: Patterns in Rock History

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