A History of Rock Music, 1951-2000
Piero ScaruffiISBN: 0595295657;
Book DescriptionThis history of rock music is not a history of the charts (which I consider an aberration), but a history of the great ideas introduced by rock musicians over 50 years of relentless innovation, and the history of their greatest albums (regardless of how many copies were sold). It ends up being more focused on A?alternativeA? rock than on A?mainstreamA? rock, simply because alternative musicians tend to be more innovative and sincere than mainstreammusicians. In a sense, rediscovering A?alternativeA? rock and giving it its dues is also a way to restore the reputation of rock music among the more sophisticated audiences. Today, rock music is a genre that employs sampling techniques, electronic instruments, digital/computer technology, cacophony, and ethnic sources. The roots of todayA?s rock music lie in the technical innovations brought about in the first half of the 20th century....
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