Foundations of Rock From Blue Suede Shoes to Suite - Judy Blue Eyes

ISBN-10: 0195310241

ISBN-13: 9780195310245

Edition: 2009

Authors: Walter Everett
List price: $31.95
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Description: A comprehensive introduction to the inner workings of rock music, The Foundations of Rock goes back to the heart of the music itself from the time of its birth through the end of classic rock. Walter Everett expertly takes readers through all aspects of the music and its lyrics, leading fans and listeners to new insights and new ways to develop their own interpretations of the aural landscapes of their lives. Written with style, Everett does not depend on musical notation nor professional jargon, but rather combines text with nearly 300 newly written audio examples (performed on the companion website) and more than 100 expertly chosen photographs, to offer a rich text-and-web experience that brings new meanings to songs that have dominated music for a half-century. Through careful illustration, frequently citing the most familiar and pertinent examples from throughout the 1955-1970 period, The Foundations of Rock covers the nature and use of all musical instruments and vocal qualities; reveals the many different ways that phrases and sections of songs can be combined; discusses the materials and patterns in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic invention; explains the many important ways that producers and engineers add to the artistry; and finally suggests paths for combining an understanding of all of these elements with interpretations of a song's lyrics. This is all done in thorough detail, and always with an ear towards the possible meanings such techniques convey in a music that has had a profound impact upon our world. In doing so, Everett helps readers create new depths of understanding and appreciation. Hundreds of memorable hit songs are referred to in order to illustrate every individual point, while twenty-five diverse classics of the period have been chosen for very close hearing from multiple perspectives. The reader will come away with a much deeper appreciation of the music of the Beatles and the Stones, the Supremes and the Temptations, the Dead and Janis, Elvis and Buddy Holly, the Beach Boys and the Rascals.

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

University of Michigan, USA

Drums, Other Percussion, and a Bit about Rhythm
Guitars, the Bass, and an Introduction to Harmony
Keyboards and a Summary of Early-Rock Instrumentation
Sweetening with Band, Orchestral, and Other Instruments
Vocal Color, Technique, and Arrangement
Forms: Phrases and Sections
Melody: Materials and Patterns
Chord Construction
Diatonic Harmonic Function
Harmony in Minor and Other Nonmajor Modes
Chromatic Harmony
Musical Time: Rhythm, Meter, and Tempo
Engineering the Master
Creating an Interpretation
Lexicon of Chord Symbols
Further Print Resources in Pop-Rock Music of the 1950s-60s
Index of Topics
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