Avant rock: experimental music from the Beatles to Björk

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Open Court, 2002 - Music - 269 pages
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Critiquing avant-garde rock bands from the 1960s to the present, Bill Martin examines how social upheaval gave rise to this new form of musical expression. He covers early experimentation by artists such as James Brown; initiation into the mainstream and the resulting adaptations by the Beatles and the Who; and continues into the present looking at how groups like Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Jim O'Rourke, and others continue to innovate. An annotated discography is included.

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Avant rock: experimental music from the Beatles to BjÛ rk

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Martin (philosophy, DePaul Univ.) is an experienced amateur electric bassist with two previous publications in this field (Listening to the Future and Music of Yes: Structure and Vision in ... Read full review

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Martin's writing style is awful — the organization of this book is pretty much impossible to follow (if indeed there's any rhyme or reason to it at all), and he has an annoying habit of name-dropping ... Read full review


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