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Music 262: 4/4-4/8

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Music 262 Rock Music: History and Social Analysis
Brian Carter
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Music, history, History of Rock N Roll
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Date Created: 04/10/16
Final Exam Notes 4/10/16 11:38 AM David Bowie • British artist of theatre rock • Trained in theatre/mime (also accomplished actor) • Ranks among the ten best-selling acts in UK pop history • Music is space-like and theatrical th • Ranked 39 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time • Cross -dressing resulted in Ziggy Stardust (1972) • Ziggy sold in Britain, not in U.S. (too mainstream) • First rock star (since Little Richard) to use make-up • First to use large sets on stage (theatrical sets) • First rock artist to publicly proclaim bi-sexuality • Set the stage for Glam Rock (Lou Reed, Kiss, NY Dol ls) Andy Warhol (1971) • Acoustic song written by Bowie about Warhol • Warhol was one of Bowie’s major inspirations • Warhol was the leading figure in the visual art movement known as “pop art” • Associated with avant-garde theatre • Coined the expression “15 minutes of fame” Space Oddity (1969) • Influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey • Fictional astronaut (Major Tom) who become depressed during an outer-space mission • Supposedly released to coincide with the Apollo 11 moon landing • Bowie revisited his Major Tom character in the songs Ashes to Ashes and Hallo Spaceboy • The BBC featured the song in its television coverage of the Apollo lunar landing Art Rock • Blending of classical music with rock • Evolutionary development of rock music • Lyrics use elements of symbolism and imagery • Use of poetry and visual art for enhancement • References to mythology • Use of odd meters and frequent mood/tempo changes • Albums follow a central theme throughout • Meant to be listened to from beginning to end in succession • Use of intruments not usually associated with rock music • Much of the music not meant to be danced to • Use of synthesizer is frequent • Quotes of classical music themes (and at times rock versions of entire pieces) • Large percentage of art rock bands were British • Art Rock vs. Progressive Rock • Art rock - rock music influenced by classical music • Progressive rock -rock music influenced by jazz styles Viewed by the “rock purist” • Overwrought music • Attempt to legitimize rock music • Aimed to broaden the market of listeners of rock music • Punk music was a revolt of Art Rock music • Leading British Art -Rock Bands of the 60/70’s • Moody blues & Pink Floyd • Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed (album) • Released in 1967 • First of what would be a succession of concept albums • Moved the band away from its early R&B roots • Epic instrumental intercludes between songs • Composed in “arc” form • Programmatic Music • Paved the way for other art rock bands Emerson, Lake & Palmer • Yes • Roger Dean • Artist, designer, architect, and publisher • Best known for work on album covers for musicians who becan paining in the late 1960s • Covers usually feature exotic, fantastic landscapes Jethro Tull • Draws more on folk art-rock style • King Crimson • The Court of the King Crimson Pink FLoyd • Experimental “space -rock” band • Inclusion of “concrete music” • Creation of themes result in concepts on a massive scale • Most grandiose albums are from the 70’s • Began as a psychedelic band • Syd Barrett - an important founding member • Barrett played a major role in the musical and stylistic direction of the band’s early work • Early stages of group used feedback, sound effects, wild instrumental freak-outs • Developed a London underground following • The bands name is based on names of two ancient bluesmen - Pink Anderson & Floyd Council The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) • Pink Floyd’s debut album (only one made under Syd Barrett’s leadership) • Has been regarded as one of the most influential albums ever made (influenced the psychedelic rock scene) • Pop psychedelic style and whimsical in nature • Named after Ch. 7 of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (One of Barrett’s favorite children’s book published in 1908 • Makes use of space travel themes as metaphors for hallucinogenic experiences Dark Side of the Moon (73) • State of the art production • Brought the group to superstar status in U.S. • One of the biggest selling albums of all time • Album’s themes include: conflict, greed, aging, and mental illness • Partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state


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