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Rock: The Primary Text

Developing a Musicology of Rock, 3rd Edition

By Allan F Moore, Remy Martin


322 pages | 90 B/W Illus.

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This thoroughly revised third edition of Allan F. Moore's ground-breaking book, now co-authored with Remy Martin, incorporates new material on rock music theory, style change and the hermeneutic method developed in Moore’s Song Means (2012). An even larger array of musicians is discussed, bringing the book right into the 21st century. Rock's 'primary text' – its sounds – is the focus of attention here. The authors argue for the development of a musicology particular to rock within the context of the background to the genres, the beat and rhythm and blues styles of the early 1960s, 'progressive' rock, punk rock, metal and subsequent styles. They also explore the fundamental issue of rock as a medium for self-expression, and the relationship of this to changing musical styles. Rock: The Primary Text remains innovative in its exploration of an aesthetics of rock.

Table of Contents

1. Issues in theory 2. Elements of an analytic musicology of rock 3. Early rock 4. Progressive styles and issues 5. A profusion of styles 6. Recent rock 7. Meanings

About the Authors

Allan F. Moore is Professor Emeritus in Music at Surrey University and holds various Visiting Professorships. He is best known for work on the analysis and hermeneutics of popular music, particularly in major monographs (Rock: The Primary Text; Song Means), 70 academic papers and 70 (mainly BBC) broadcasts, and also in overseeing various edited collections (Bloomsbury's forthcoming Handbook of Rock Music Research, Ashgate's Critical Readings in Popular Musicology and The Library of Essays in Popular Music). Long-time editor of Popular Music, co-founder of Twentieth-Century Music, he is on various other advisory boards, and edits Routledge's newly commissioned series Music's Interdisciplines.

Remy Martin is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, where he lectures on a wide range of topics and music styles from analytic, cultural and philosophical perspectives. A graduate of the University of Surrey, Remy previously led popular music analysis and hermeneutics modules there. In his research Remy examines popular music listening experience, drawing from musicology, phenomenologically-oriented theories of embodiment, social theory, ecological psychology and ethics. After gaining early experience in punk and alternative rock bands, Remy went on to specialise in performance and has gigged as a rock, pop, folk and country guitarist.

About the Series

Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

Popular musicology embraces the field of musicological study that engages with popular forms of music, especially music associated with commerce, entertainment and leisure activities. The Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series aims to present the best research in this field. Authors are concerned with criticism and analysis of the music itself, as well as locating musical practices, values and meanings in cultural context. The focus of the series is on popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a remit to encompass the entirety of the world’s popular music.

Critical and analytical tools employed in the study of popular music are being continually developed and refined in the twenty-first century. Perspectives on the transcultural and intercultural uses of popular music have enriched understanding of social context, reception and subject position. Popular genres as distinct as reggae, township, bhangra, and flamenco are features of a shrinking, transnational world. The series recognizes and addresses the emergence of mixed genres and new global fusions, and utilizes a wide range of theoretical models drawn from anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, media studies, semiotics, postcolonial studies, feminism, gender studies and queer studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General