Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - History - 162 pages
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Drawing on rock 'n' roll, folk, and jazz, rock music in the 1960s beat new paths in the art of sound. In Sixties Rock, Michael Hicks provides a unique vision of two of those paths: garage rock and psychedelic music.Delving into everything from harmony to hardware, Hicks shows how and why these musics work. He explores how voices and guitars got "distorted", how riffs and rhythms got "encoded", how drugs reshaped the design and the endings of the music, and how two rock anthems -- "Hey Joe" and "Light My Fire" -- evolved. With twists and turns of insight, Hicks illuminates the art of rock in the 1960s.

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Why does Mick Jagger sing in baby talk and bad dialect? Michael Hicks thinks he knows why. He also explains where the buzzy, fuzzy, and trippy sounds of Sixties rock and roll come from and what they signify. Interesting. Some articles get into music theory. Read full review

Contents

The AgainsttheGrain of the Voice
11
Avant Garage
23
The NotSoAverage Joe
39
Getting Psyched
69
Playing with Fire
75
Ends and Means
93
Appendixes
105
Notes
125
Index
153
Judex of Song Titles
159
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About the author (1999)

Michael Hicks is Professor of Medieval History at King Alfred's College, Winchester, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has published extensively on late medieval England and local history. His recent books include "Bastard Feudalism" (1995); "Richard III" (2000) and "English Political Culture in the Fifteenth Century "(2002).

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