Avant Rock: Experimental Music from the Beatles to Björk

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Open Court, 2002 - Music - 269 pages
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Is avant-garde rock music a contradiction in terms? Avant-garde trends emerged through the cultural and political upheavals of the 1960's, and acquired a new focus in the later Beatles, drawing upon many sourcees outside of rock, from John Cage to Cecil Taylor. In this fresh and challenging look at avant rock, Bill Martin outlines the entire phenomenon, from Yoko Ono, King Crimson, and Velvet Underground through the dynamic of progressive rock and punk in the 1970's and the watershed work of Brian Eno, to contemporary figures who continue to push the boundaries of rock: Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Merzbow, Bjork, Jim O'Rourke and many others.

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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

Contents

the Beatles come apart
12
John Cage
26
John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor
46
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Children's writer Bill Martin, Junior, was born in Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University. He taught in Kansas and was a school principal in Chicago. Martin later developed two literature-based reading programs for Holt, Rhinehart and Winston and acted as a teacher's consultant. Martin has written over three hundred children's books, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2012 for this title.

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