Rock Music Styles: A History

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-10-01
  • Publisher: MCG (Manual)
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From rock's European precursors to its country, blues, and gospel sources, this complete guide unearths the musical and cultural roots of rock music, opening readers eyes, ears, and minds along the way. A highly readable blend of music commentary and history, this sweeping yet succinct narrative shows the links between rock's beginnings and today's beat. Full coverage of such related pop genres as Disco and Funk, Latin, Reggae, and Ragga are also included.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 American Popular Music Before Rock and Roll

European Influences from Colonial Days Through the Early Nineteenth Century

Minstrel Shows

The Middle Nineteenth Century and the Civil War Era

Tin Pan Alley and Musical Theater

Swing Dance Bands

The Beginnings of Rock and Roll

Chapter 2 The Blues Roots of Rock Music

Musical Roots of the Blues

Country Blues

Urban Blues

Chicago Blues

Classic Blues

Rhythm and Blues

Blues- and Rhythm-and-Blues-Based Rock of the Fifties

Chapter 3 The Country Roots of Rock Music

Country Styles That Have Influenced Rock Music

Blues and Rhythm and Blues Played by Country Musicians


Rockabilly-Influenced Rock

Chapter 4 The Gospel Roots of Rock Music


Gospel Music


Chapter 5 Pop-Styled Rock Music

The Payola Scandal

Teen Idol Pop

New York Pop

Phil Spector’s "Wall of Wound" Productions

The Surf Sound

Surf Revival

Chapter 6 Folk and Folk-Rock Music

Early Folk Groups

Bob Dylan

Folk-Rock Music

Folk Rock in Britain

Chapter 7 Soul Music

The Musical Roots of Soul

Chicago Soul

Memphis Soul

Atlantic Records


Philadelphia Soul

Influences of Soul on Later Styles

Chapter 8 The British Invasion


The Beatles

Other Mersey Groups

Rock in London

Chapter 9 The Blues Revival

The Rolling Stones

Other Important British Blues Revival Bands

The American Blues Revival

Chapter 10 Garage Bands, Bubblegum, and Power Pop

Garage Bands


Power Pop

Chapter 11 Psychedelic Rock

The San Francisco Sound

Psychedelic Rock Beyond San Francisco

Chapter 12 Revivals of Country-Styled Rock

Country rock

Southern Rock

Rockabilly Revival

Chapter 13 Jazz Rock and Fusion

Jazz Rock


Other Jazz Influences on Rock

Chapter 14 Singer/Songwriters

Chapter 15 Funk and Disco



Chapter 16 Art Rock

Art Rock Combining Rock and classical Instrumentation

Art Rock by Classically Trained Performers

Art Rock Influenced by Avant-Garde Trends

Chapter 17 Glitter and Glam

Glitter and Glam

Glam Bands of the Eighties and Early Nineties

Chapter 18 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

Early Influences on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

Hard Rock

British Heavy Metal

American Heavy Metal

Expansions of the Heavy Metal Style

Chapter 19 Punk Rock and New Wave

Early Influences on the Development of Punk

New York Punk

British Punk

Hardcore Punk on the West Coast

American New Wave

British New Wave

Chapter 20 Ska and Reggae




Ska and Reggae Influences on Rock

Ska Revival and Oi!

Dub, Dancehall, and Ragga

Chapter 21 Hip Hop and Rap

East Coast Rap

West Coast Rap

Latino Rap

Rap Combined with Other Styles

Chapter 22 Mainstream Rock of the Eighties and Nineties

Mainstream Artists

Chapter 23 Underground and Alternative Rock Styles

Alternative Rock from Britain

Gothic Rock

Industrial Rock

Post Punk in the United States

Riot Grrrls and Other Feminist Trends

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