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Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasion

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Musical floodgates were opened after the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Suddenly, the U.S. record charts, radio, and television were overrun with British rock and pop musicians. Although this British Invasion was the first exposure many Americans had to popular music from the United Kingdom, British pop — and more specifically British rock and roll — had been developing since the middle of the 1950s. Author James Perone here chronicles the development of British rock, from the 1950s imitators of Elvis Presley and other American rockabilly artists, to the new blends of rockabilly, R&B, Motown, and electric blues that defined the British Invasion as we recognize it today. Die-hard fans of the Beatles, the Who, and the Kinks will all want a copy, as will anyone interested in the 1960s more generally.

May 1964 saw major gang-style battles break out in British resort communities between the Mods and the Rockers. The tensions between the two groups had been developing for several years, with each group claiming their own sense of culture and style. The Mods wore designer clothing, rode Vespa motor scooters, and shared an affinity for black American soul music, while the Rockers favored powerful motorcycles, greased-back hair, and 1950s American rock and roll. It was within this context that the sounds of the British Invasion developed.

Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasion chronicles the development of British rock through the iconic artists who inspired the movement, as well as through the bands who later found incredible success overseas. In addition to analyzing the music in the context of the British youth culture of the early 1960s, Perone analyzes the reasons that the British bands came to so thoroughly dominate the record charts and airwaves in the United States.

The contributions of Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Tommy Steele, the Tornados, Tony Sheridan, Blues Incorporated, and others to the development of British rock and roll are examined, as are the contributions and commercial and artistic impact of major British Invasion artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, the Who, the Kinks, and others. After investigating these groups and their influences upon one another, Perone concludes by examining the commercial and stylistic impact British rock musicians had on the American music of the time.

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Perone (American music and music theory, Mount Union College) describes the development of British pop and rock and roll music, from skiffle and the teen idols of the 1950s to the mods and rockers and the British Invasion. He discusses the contributions and influence of Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Tommy Steele, the Tornados, Tony Sheridan, Blues Incorporated, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, the Who, the Kinks, and others, as well as their impact on American music. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With the iconic battles between the Mods and the Rockers serving as a centerpiece, author James Perone investigates the origins, development, and consequences of the British Invasion.

Synopsis:

Musical floodgates were opened after the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Suddenly, the U.S. record charts, radio, and television were overrun with British rock and pop musicians. Although this "British Invasion" was the first exposure many Americans had to popular music from the United Kingdom, British pop — and more specifically British rock and roll — had been developing since the middle of the 1950s. Author James Perone here chronicles the development of British rock, from the 1950s imitators of Elvis Presley and other American rockabilly artists, to the new blends of rockabilly, R&B, Motown, and electric blues that defined the British Invasion as we recognize it today. Die-hard fans of the Beatles, the Who, and the Kinks will all want a copy, as will anyone interested in the 1960s more generally.

About the Author

JAMES E. PERONE is Professor of Music at Mount Union College, where he teaches American music and music theory, and chairs the Department of Music. He is the series editor for The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection, for which he has also written four volumes: The Sound of Stevie Wonder (2006), The Words and Music of Carole King (2006), The Words and Music of David Bowie (2007), and The Words and Music of Prince (2008). He is also the author of several Greenwood Press books, including Music of the Counterculture Era (2004) and Woodstock: An Encyclopedia of the Music and Art Fair (2005).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: The Mods versus the Rockers

2. Skiffle and 1950s British Rockers

3. 1960-1963: From the Rocker Aesthetic to the Mod Aesthetic

4. The Beatles and Merseybeat: Balancing the Sides

5. A Different Sort of Balance: the Dave Clark Five

6. The Who and the Kinks: Mod to the Core

7. The Blues and R&B Bands

8. The Rolling Stones: It All Starts with the Blues

9. And Thats Not All: Other British Invasion Artists

10. Impact on America and Conclusions

Selected Discography

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275998608
Author:
Perone, James E.
Publisher:
Praeger Publishers
Author:
Perone, James
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Rock music -- Great Britain.
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.10x6.20x1.00 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , With the iconic battles between the Mods and the Rockers serving as a centerpiece, author James Perone investigates the origins, development, and consequences of the British Invasion.
"Synopsis" by , Musical floodgates were opened after the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Suddenly, the U.S. record charts, radio, and television were overrun with British rock and pop musicians. Although this "British Invasion" was the first exposure many Americans had to popular music from the United Kingdom, British pop — and more specifically British rock and roll — had been developing since the middle of the 1950s. Author James Perone here chronicles the development of British rock, from the 1950s imitators of Elvis Presley and other American rockabilly artists, to the new blends of rockabilly, R&B, Motown, and electric blues that defined the British Invasion as we recognize it today. Die-hard fans of the Beatles, the Who, and the Kinks will all want a copy, as will anyone interested in the 1960s more generally.
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