Rock and Roll and the American Landscape: The Birth of an Industry and the Expansion of the Popular Culture, 1955-1969

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iUniverse, 2009 - Music - 272 pages
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Stuart Rosenberg traces the growth of rock and roll music from its beginnings in 1955 through the end of the 1960s. During this fifteen year period, rock and roll became a major industry, creating a new generation of songwriters, recording artists, producers, and entrepreneurs, and introducing a variety of new musical genres. From the emergence of Elvis Presley and rock and roll's early pioneers in the mid-1950s, to the teen idols of the late 1950s, to the British invasion and the soul of Motown and Stax in the mid-1960s, to the progressive rock of the late 1960s, Rock and Roll and the American Landscape presents an intellectual perspective while chronicling the people and the events that shaped the popular culture.
 

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Contents

Before Rock and Roll
1
Elvis and Sun
7
2 New Orleans
9
3 Chicago
11
4 DooWop
13
Legend for playlist number 1
16
5 The Spread of Rock and Roll
19
6 One Hit Wonders
23
24 Popular American Acts of the Mid 60s
105
25 Garage Rock
111
26 Folk Rock
119
Legend for playlist number 7
124
27 San Francisco
129
28 The Summer of Love
133
29 The Sunset Strip
141
Legend for playlist number 8
144

7 Novelty Records
25
8 The End of Rock and Rolls First Era
27
Legend for playlist number 2
30
9 The Teen Idol
35
10 Songs of Teenage Innocence
39
11 The Emergence of the Record Producer
41
12 The Brill Building
45
13 Dance Crazes
51
14 Surf Rock
55
15 Songs of Teen Anguish and Melodrama
57
16 Legendary Performers of the Early 60s
59
17 ElvisPhase 2
65
18 The Beatles
71
19 The British Invasion
73
20 Motown
81
21 Stax and Southern Soul
89
22 New Orleans Soul Chicago Soul and Soul Shouters
97
23 The Beach Boys
103
30 Essential Performances of the Late 60s
147
31 Supergroups
153
32 Blues Rock and Jazz Rock
157
33 Heavy Metal and Bubblegum
163
34 Philly Soul Funk and Northern Soul
169
35 Country Crossovers
175
36 Experimental Rock and Art Rock
179
37 Reggae
185
38 SingerSongwriters
187
39 ElvisPhase 3
191
40 Woodstock and Altamont
193
Legend for playlist number 10
196
The 1970s and Beyond
199
Appendix
201
Sources
233
Index
247
About the Author
261
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