Автор: Theo Cateforis
Название: The Rock History Reader
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Rock music has been with us now, by one name or another, for more than half a century. It is an utterly familiar presence. We hear it in commercials, movie soundtracks, and political campaigns, and we are constantly reminded of its privileged cultural status through frequent lists of the “100 greatest rock songs of all time.” The music even has its own Hall of Fame and Museum, populated by a cluster of towering icons, many of whom have had book-length academic studies devoted to their life and works. As it has become engrained in our environment, rock music has also become a subject deemed worthy of study in higher education. Browse the course listings for most universities and colleges and chances are good that you will find a “History of Rock” or “Rock Music” class listed somewhere in their catalog. Currently there are approximately half a dozen rock music textbooks in circulation, many of them on their fourth and fifth editions. Yet until recently instructors seeking an anthology of historically based readings as a supplement to these textbooks have looked in vain. This book aims to fill that gap.
The Rock History Reader is modeled after the types of annotated source reading collections that should be well familiar to scholars and teachers in the humanities. Within the realm of music history anthologies, the book follows most closely the purpose and design set forth by Oliver Strunk’s Source Readings in Music History and Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin’s Music in the Western World: A History in Documents. These anthologies bring to life, via primary sources, the often contentious issues, arguments, conflicts, and creative tensions that have defined music as a social practice throughout the ages.