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Week of Notes 2/29-3/4

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Week of Notes 2/29-3/4 Music 262

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Music 262 Rock Music: History and Social Analysis
Brian Carter
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Date Created: 03/06/16
The British Invasion · The timing was important (early 1964) · America was starving for direction · The British resurrected the music we ignored · The product was more sophisticated, yet still raucous · English teenagers were breaking away in the 60’s (America did this in the 50’s) · England’s James Dean counterpart- “Teddy Boys” Skiffle Music · A tame brand of pop folk music and traditional jazz (taken from the New Orleans style). This music was popular in England in the mid 50s · King of Skiffle- Lonnie Donegan wrote Wabash Cannonball · Changing social behavior brought change in the music · British bands turned to Elvis, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry Initial Important Facts about The Beatles • Leading group of pop history • Able to change music history through all facets: music style, fashion, social behavior • Early influences: skiffle music • Moved rock music to sophisticated levels through the 60’s & 70’s • Can be broken into three distinctive periods The Early Period • Pop style • Love songs • Drifting beat/ Up tempo • Covered other tunes by other artists • Honed their skills on classic rockers (Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, etc.) • Hamburg, Germany became their training ground (performed 7 days a week) The Early Period Recordings • The first album (Please Please Me) was recorded in only 13 hours (all at once) • First album represents a typical set at the Cavern • Wide range of covers • The group released two albums per year from 1963/65 • Four albums fall in the “Early Period” • Beatles for Sale shows the transition period beginning • From the beginning, Lennon and McCartney were not equal in writing their songs • American releases are different from the British releases • Songs from this period were: Twist and Shout, Please Please Me, All My Loving • The First Four Albums: Please Please Me, A Hard’s Day Night July, 1964, Beatles for Sale December, 1964 The Middle Period Recordings • More acoustic/folk elements (Dylan influence) • Introspective style emerges • Individuality more evident • Social statements in songs • Next 2 albums: Help! (Aug. 65) & Rubber Soul (Dec. 65) • You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Lennon 1.0) st • 1 time the Beatles called in outside musicians to play instruments that they themselves couldn’t play The Late Period • Use of studio techniques • Music more individualized • More artistic composition • Added instrumentation • Drug influenced • The ‘White Album” titled The Beatles is ironically the least collaborative of the groups output • The late period includes the last 7 releases: Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, The Beatles (White Album), Let it Be, Abbey Road • Song: Tomorrow Never Knows (Lennon 1.0) • Strawberry Fields Forever (Lennon 1.0) • Helter Skelter (McCartney 1.0) • Many “firsts” happened with the Beatles in the studio • Use of recorded feedback, sitar, mellotron, fuzz bass effect, studio manipulation, backward tape loops, etc. • George Martin has been referred to as the Fifth “Beatle” *** • Ringo Starr is respected by many drummers and musicians for his excellent timekeeping*** • Every single member as the Beatles are in the rock n roll hall of fame


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