Avant Rock: Experimental Music from the Beatles to Bjork

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Open Court, Dec 14, 2015 - Music - 208 pages
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In Avant Rock,, music writer Bill Martin explores how avant-garde rock emerged from the social and political upheaval of the sixties. He covers the music from its early stages, revealing its influences outside of rock, from musicians such as John Cage and Cecil Taylor, to those more closely related to rock like James Brown and Parliament/ Funkadelic.
Martin follows the development of avant rock through the sixties, when it was accepted into the mainstream, with bands like the later Beatles, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, King Crimson, and Brian Eno. His narration takes us into the present, with an analysis of contemporary artists who continue to innovate and push the boundaries of rock, such as Stereolab, Mouse on Mars, Sonic Youth, and Jim O'Rourke. Martin critiques the work of all important avant rock bands and individual artists, from the well-known to the more obscure, and provides an annotated discography
 

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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 Progressive ... Read full review

Contents

Synthesis and new vocabularies
3
The Beatles come apart
12
John Cage and Glenn Gould
26
John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor
46
Electric Miles
55
FORESTS AND TREES
61
The Velvet Underground
63
Jimi Hendrix
65
The transition to postrock
107
Glenn Branca
113
Sonic truth
118
The Laswellzorn nexus
124
Stereolab
130
Mom can I take turntable lessons? or Nobody here but me and my sampler
134
King Crimson exists when there is King Crimson music to be played
144
Ikue Mori Keiji Haino Ruins Merzbow
153

The passage through progressive
69
Steely Dan
84
The passage through punk
88
Punk meets the Godmother Patti Smith
94
George Clinton and PFunk
96
Progressive times punk equals New Wave
98
Before and after Eno
102
Bjork ORourke and beyond
164
ROCK OUT
177
Avant rock the very idea
179
2 Rock music in postmodern times
209
Bibliography and further reading
251
Index
259
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Bill Martin’s books include Listening to the Future and Music of Yes. He lives in Chicago.

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