Avant Rock: Experimental Music from the Beatles to Björk, Volume 35

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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


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Bill Martin, Jr. didn't learn to read until he reached college, yet he earned a doctorate in education from Northwestern University. He has long been committed to the development of children's reading skills. He is one of the world's foremost authors in literary education, as well as a million-selling author of books including " Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom, " and " Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?." His latest release, " Adam, Adam, What Do You See? ", is available from Tommy Nelson.

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