The Rock History Reader is an eclectic compilation of readings
that tells the history of rock as it has been received and
explained as a social and musical practice throughout its six
decade history. The readings range from the vivid autobiographical
accounts of such rock icons as Ronnie Spector and David Lee Roth to
the writings of noted rock critics like Lester Bangs and Chuck
Klosterman. It also includes a variety of selections from media
critics, musicologists, fanzine writers, legal experts,
sociologists and prominent political figures. Many entries also
deal specifically with distinctive styles such as Motown, punk,
disco, grunge, rap and indie rock. Each entry includes headnotes,
which place it in its historical context.
This second edition includes new readings on the early years of
rhythm & blues and rock n roll, as well as entries on payola,
mods, the rise of FM rock, progressive rock and the PMRC
congressional hearings. In addition, there is a wealth of new
material on the 2000s that explores such relatively recent
developments as emo, mash ups, the explosion of internet culture
and new media, and iconic figures like Radiohead and Lady Gaga.
With numerous readings that delve into the often explosive
issues surrounding censorship, copyright, race relations, feminism,
youth subcultures, and the meaning of musical value, The Rock
History Reader continues to appeal to scholars and students from a
variety of disciplines.
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