Status Quo: Mighty Innovators of 70s Rock: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Status Quo: Mighty Innovators of 70s Rock

1st Edition

By Andrew L. Cope


150 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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.

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