Book: Rock Music in American Culture - The Sounds of Revolution, 2d ed. by Robert G. Pielkecategories: Book, American Culture, Popular Culture, Popular Music, Cultural Revolution, Music and Revolution, Marshall McLuhan, Religion and Rock, Paul Tillich, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Race Music, Rock Music
Robert G. Pielkeabout this book: In the years following World War II, something vital and original was born in the restive caldron of American culture. Its mother was the diverse population of descendants of former slaves struggling to survive in a hostile social and political atmosphere. Its father was the equally diverse and primarily rural underclass of disposed Whites striving to avoid poverty. Its infant voice came from the fields of the old south and the hills of Appalachia. It was a plaintive voice yet it yearned for something better, often only a better hereafter. As it matured and sought its own future in the towns and cities further up the Mississippi and in the rapidly industrializing megalopolis of the east coast, it found new ways of expressing its voice. It also found a way to harmonize the uneasy juxtaposition of attitudes and feelings of it parents. At that moment the voice of this vital and original something came fully into its own. It was insistent, loud and bawdy and it finally had a name. It was rock and roll.
It's a philosophical analysis of the phenomenon -- but don't let that cause you to tremble. It's also pretty damn interesting!
• "Challenging, maybe, and even disturbing, but ultimately the author has guided me to a deeper reverence for the subject than I had before: The songs I love will always retain their significance for me, without requiring validation from anyone else, but I realise now that music can speak for itself, and will continue to do so regardless of who is listening or when -- That's what makes it so dangerous, so thank you, Professor Pielke — it has been, in every sense, a liberation." — Gareth Long -- The Uncustomary Book Review
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