1st Edition

Status Quo: Mighty Innovators of 70s Rock

By Andrew Cope Copyright 2019
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Status Quo were one of the most successful, influential and innovative bands of the 1970s. During the first half of the decade, they wrote, recorded and performed a stream of inventive and highly complex rock compositions, developed 12 bar forms and techniques in new and fascinating ways, and affected important musical and cultural trends. But, despite global success on stage and in the charts, they were maligned by the UK music press, who often referred to them as lamebrained three-chord wonders, and shunned by the superstar Disk Jockeys of the era, who refused to promote their music. As a result, Status Quo remain one of the most misunderstood and underrated bands in the history of popular music. Cope redresses that misconception through a detailed study of the band’s music and live performances, related musical and cultural subtopics and interviews with key band members. The band is reinstated as a serious, artistic and creative phenomenon of the 1970s scene and shown to be vital contributors to the evolution of rock.

    List of tables Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Quo Vadis Chapter 2. A New Recipe for Pye Chapter 3. Modus Vetus Chapter 4. Rockin’ All Over the Swirls Chapter 5. Praegressus Quo Chapter 6. Softer Ride or a Softer Side? Chapter 7. The Q Factor Bibliography Discography Index


    Andrew L. Cope is a trained musician, guitarist and educator with expertise in the fields of both classical and rock music. Much of his career was spent in secondary education in the employment of Staffordshire County Council, where he worked tirelessly to promote the relevance and pedagogy of popular music. Cope has acted as a consultant to advise, mentor and tutor other teachers as the trend for teaching popular music on the secondary curriculum caught on. Between 2004 and 2007, Cope studied under Professor Sheila Whiteley at the University of Salford, conducting research into the origins and syntax of heavy metal music, and was awarded a PhD for that work. Black Sabbath and the Rise of Heavy Metal Music was published by Ashgate in 2010. Cope currently works as a freelance author, musicologist, music educator and performer.

    2020 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research - Winner

    Best Historical Research in Recorded Rock and Popular Music

    Best History