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Music, Culture, and Business

Joseph G. Schloss, Larry Starr, and Christopher Waterman

Publication Date - January 2012

ISBN: 9780199758364

448 pages
8 x 10 inches

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Draws music and culture together to tell the full story of rock 'n' roll


Providing the perfect balance of cultural and musical analysis, Rock: Music, Culture, and Business by Joseph G. Schloss, Larry Starr, and Christopher Waterman tells the full story of rock 'n' roll, from its earliest beginnings to today.

* Balances the history of the music business and the impact of social and cultural movements on the story of rock
* Enhanced coverage of contemporary rock music, including the impact of rap
* Integrates lively pedagogy:
--- Detailed listening guides highlighting the significant elements of more than forty key recordings
--- More than 100 photos, many in full color
--- Boldfaced key terms and a glossary
* Robust support package:
--- Instructor Resource CD containing a computerized Test Bank (978-0-19-975837-1)
--- Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/schloss)

About the Author(s)

Joseph G. Schloss is Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New York University. He is the author of Foundation: B-boys, B-girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York (OUP, 2009) and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (2004), which won the 2005 Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. His writing has appeared in URB, Vibe, The Seattle Weekly, The Flavor, and the anthologies Classic Material and Total Chaos.

Larry Starr is Professor of Music at the University of Washington. He is a respected scholar on the music of Gershwin, Copland, and Ives, and on popular music. He is the author of George Gershwin (2011), The Dickinson Songs of Aaron Copland (2003), and A Union of Diversities: Style in the Music of Charles Ives (1992). His articles have appeared in American Music, Perspectives of New Music, and The Musical Quarterly.

Christopher Waterman is Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. An anthropologist specializing in the music of Africa and the Americas, Dr. Waterman is the author of Jùjú: A Social History and Ethnography of an African Popular Music (1990) and guest editor of the volume Globalization: Cultural Expression, Creativity and Innovation (2010). He is also a bassist who has performed professionally in a wide variety of popular genres.


"Reads as enjoyably as a novel, moving swiftly between events and the effects on music and society. Superb conclusions at the end of each chapter and balanced discussions of business, technology, culture, lifestyle, and the impact of rock 'n' roll on history."--David Englert, Sam Houston State University

"The discussion of song forms was the clearest that I have read in any pop and rock text."--Tony Steve, Jacksonville University

"Covers topics and musicians not covered in other texts. . . . Easy-to-follow listening guides help students understand the structures of a variety of songs."--Clarence Hines, University of North Florida

"This book is distinguished by its clear writing and compelling argument that rock can provide a way of looking at history."--Patrick Warfield, University of Maryland

"I especially like the strong social history view that the book takes."--Kristian Twombly, St. Cloud State University

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