Rock and roll /
Craig Morrison ; foreword by Kevin J. Holm-Hudson.
New York : Facts On File, c2006.
xxi, 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0816053170 (hc : alk. paper)
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New York : Facts On File, c2006.
0816053170 (hc : alk. paper)
catalogue key
Includes discography (p. 263-265), bibliographical references (p. 301-303), and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Craig Morrison, Ph.D. is currently a professor of music at Concordia Kevin Holm-Hudson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of music at the University of Kentucky
First Chapter
Rock and roll traces its roots to the music of the early 20th century. Its infectious sound, characterized by catchy guitar rhythms, a strong beat, and youthful lyrics, sparked a musical revolution beloved by the young and initially scorned by many adults. The emergence of rock and roll signaled a monumental change in popular music, and as rock grew, it assimilated a vast range of influences, including country, folk, jazz, gospel, and international styles, to become one of the most dynamic musical genres of contemporary times. American Popular Music: Rock and Roll explores the history of this musical genre as it took the United States by storm.
Entries include:
Alternative rock
The Animals
The Beatles
Chuck Berry
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Garage rock
Buddy Holly
Janis Joplin
The Ramones
Steely Dan
Ritchie Valens
Frank Zappa
and many others.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-02-01:
This seven-volume set (the eighth volume, consisting of a comprehensive index, comes only with the purchase of the complete set) on major musical branches is aimed at high school readers. Boasting contributors with some impressive credentials, it promises to be an ideal research tool. But the 300-500 A-to-Z entries in each volume tend to be cute and overly general (e.g., the definition of scat singing begins, "Bim, bop, bam, and dwee dooda ya. A vocal style in which the singer uses nonsense syllables to improvise on a melody"), and the bibliographies are a bit spotty. The major problem, however, is the number of factual errors and discrepancies found in several of the volumes. For example, Hoffmann's (library science, Sam Houston State Univ.) Rhythm & Blues lists the wrong birth year and city for Stevie Wonder as well as the wrong release year for his Songs in the Key of Life album; Weissman's (The Music Business) Blues mysteriously has Jimi Hendrix (who died in 1970) living until 1976; and Hill's Classical states that composer Howard Hanson's best-known work is his "Symphony No. 3 (the `Romantic')." True, but the `Romantic' subtitle belongs to his Symphony No. 2. The Country, Rock & Roll, and Folk volumes fare better. Each of the seven volumes includes approximately 50 black-and-white photographs, some general bibliographic information, a chronology, and a glossary of technical terms; all the volumes are well indexed, though not all contain fairly extensive, annotated discographies that would be useful. Bottom Line Despite its potential and some fascinating entries, the number of factual errors for even well-known figures makes this set less than suitable as a research tool. Since the volumes are available separately, Carlin's (Southern Exposure) Folk is recommended for high school libraries.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Entries include: The Animals Alternative rock The Beatles Creedence Clearwater Revival Garage rock Buddy Holly Janis Joplin Kiss Metallica Motown Nirvana The Ramones R.E.M. Rockabilly Steely Dan Ritchie Valens Frank Zappa and more.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
A-To-Z Entriesp. 1
Appendixesp. 261
Glossary of Music Termsp. 291
Endnotesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 301
Editorial Board of Advisersp. 305
Indexp. 307
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