Is Rock Dead by Kevin J. H. Dettmar
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Is Rock Dead
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Is Rock Dead

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Is Rock Dead by Kevin J. H. Dettmar

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Rock and roll's death has been forecast nearly since its birth; the country song "The Death of Rock and Roll" appeared in September 1956, showing that the music had already outraged a more conservative listening audience. Is Rock Dead? sets out to explore the varied and sometimes conflicting ways in which the death of rock has been discussed both within the discourse of popular music and American culture. If rock is dead, when did it die? Who killed it? Why do rock journalists lament its passing? Has its academic acceptance stabbed it in the back or resuscitated an otherwise lifeless corpse? Why is rock music the music that conservatives love to hate? On the other side of the coin, how have rock's biggest fans helped nail shut the coffin? Does rock feed on its own death-and-rebirth? Finally, what signs of life are there showing that rock, in fact, is surviving? Is Rock Dead? will appeal to all those who take seriously the notion that rock is a serious musical form. It will appeal to students of popular music and culture, and all those who have ever spun a 45, cranked up the radio, or strummed an air guitar.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415970341
ISBN-10: 0415970342
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kevin J. H. Dettmar

Kevin J. Dettmar is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He writes on contemporary literature and popular culture, and has edited Reading Rock and Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics (with William Richey)and has writes on rock music for The Chronicle of Higher Education, for which he is a regular contributor. He lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

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