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More than half a century after the birth of rock, the musical genre that began as a rebellious underground phenomenon is now acknowledged as America's-and the world's-most popular and influential musical medium, as well as the soundtrack to several generations' worth of history. From Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell to Nirvana, rock music has been an undeniable force in both reflecting and shaping our cultural landscape. Icons of Rock offers a vivid overview of rock's pervasive role in contemporary society by profiling the lives and work of the music's most legendary artists.

Most rock histories, by virtue of their all-encompassing scope, are unable to cover the lives and work of individual artists in depth, or to place those artists in a broader context. This two-volume set, by contrast, provides extensive biographies of the 24 greatest rock n' rollers of all time, examining their influences, innovations, and impact in a critical and historical perspective. Entries inside this unique reference explore the issues, trends, and movements that defined the cultural and social climate of the artists' music. Sidebars spotlight the many iconic elements associated with rock, such as rock festivals, protest songs, and the British Invasion. Providing a wealth of information on the icons, culture, and mythology of America's most beloved music, this biographical encyclopedia will serve as an invaluable resource for students and music fans alike.

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This two-volume reference offers biographical career profiles of 24 influential rock acts. The first volume profiles Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys, James Brown, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Byrds, and Jimi Hendrix. The second volume profiles The Velvet Underground, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, U2, and Nirvana. The profiles are generally well informed and relatively straightforward descriptions of the ups and downs of musical careers but are not particularly groundbreaking in terms of insight. They do include timelines and selected discographies. Those who might complain about the necessarily selective choices concerning those profiled may be somewhat mollified by the not infrequent inclusion of thematically similar artists receiving smaller profiles within the main entries. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Icons of Rock offers a vivid overview of rock's pervasive role in the United States by profiling the lives and work of the music's most legendary artists.

Synopsis:

More than half a century after the birth of rock, the musical genre that began as a rebellious underground phenomenon is now acknowledged as America's-and the world's-most popular and influential musical medium, as well as the soundtrack to several generations' worth of history. From Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell to Nirvana, rock music has been an undeniable force in both reflecting and shaping our cultural landscape. Icons of Rock offers a vivid overview of rock's pervasive role in contemporary society by profiling the lives and work of the music's most legendary artists.

About the Author

SCOTT SCHINDER is the author of several books about popular music and culture, including Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-A-Rama. He has written for such publications as Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, and Creem.ANDY SCHWARTZ is the former publisher and editor of punk/new wave music magazine New York Rocker. He also served as national director of editorial services for Epic Records (a division of Sony-BMG Music) and as a consulting researcher and archivist for the Rock &Roll Hall of Fame.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313338458
Author:
Schinder, Scott
Publisher:
Greenwood
Editor:
Schwartz, Andy
Author:
Schwartz, Andy
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Rock music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Copyright:
Series:
Greenwood Icons < p>Icons of Rock [Two Volumes]: An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music <
Series Volume:
An Encyclopedia of t
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
680
Dimensions:
10.34x7.25x2.04 in. 3.76 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , More than half a century after the birth of rock, the musical genre that began as a rebellious underground phenomenon is now acknowledged as America's-and the world's-most popular and influential musical medium, as well as the soundtrack to several generations' worth of history. From Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell to Nirvana, rock music has been an undeniable force in both reflecting and shaping our cultural landscape. Icons of Rock offers a vivid overview of rock's pervasive role in contemporary society by profiling the lives and work of the music's most legendary artists.
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