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Description - What to Listen for in Rock by Ken Stephenson

In this analysis of rock music, music theorist Ken Stephenson explores the features that make this internationally popular music distinct from earlier music styles. The author offers a guided tour of rock music from the 1950s to the present, emphasizing the theoretical underpinnings of the style and systematically focusing not on rock music's history or sociology, but on the structural aspects of the music itself. What structures normally happen in rock music? What theoretical systems or models might best explain them? The text addresses these questions and more in chapters devoted to phrase rhythm, scales, key determination, cadences, harmonic palette and succession, and form. Each chapter provides detailed analyses of individual rock pieces from groups including Chicago; the Beatles; Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; Kansas; and others. Stephenson shows how rock music is stylistically unique, and he demonstrates how the features that make it distinct have tended to remain constant throughout the second half of the 20th century and within most substyles.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300092394
ISBN-10: 0300092393
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ken Stephenson

Ken Stephenson, associate professor of music theory at the University of Oklahoma, has been a professional rock musician for more than twenty-five years.