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See below for a selection of the latest books from Rock & Pop music category. Presented with a red border are the Rock & Pop music books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Rock & Pop music books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!
A riveting look at the polarizing nature of the Beatles phenomenon, and how it transformed a generation, through the lens of a singular city in the center of America. For many, the Beatles offered a delightful alternative to the dull and the staid, while for others, the mop-top haircuts, the unsettling music, and the hysterical girls that greeted the British imports wherever they went were a symbol of unwelcome social and cultural change. This opposition to the group-more widespread and deeper rooted in Chicago than in any other major American city-increased as the decade wore on, especially when the Beatles adopted more extreme countercultural values. At the center of this book is a cast of characters engulfed by the whirlwind of Beatlemania, including the unyielding figure of Mayor Richard J. Daley who deemed the Beatles a threat to the well-being of his city; the Chicago Tribune editor who first warned the nation about the Beatle menace; George Harrison's sister, Louise, who became a regular presence on Chicago radio; the socialist revolutionary who staged all of the Beatles' concerts in the city and used much of the profits from the shows to fund left-wing causes; the African-American girl who braved an intimidating environment to see the Beatles in concert; a fan club founder who disbelievingly found herself occupying a room opposite her heroes when they stayed at her father's hotel; the University of Chicago medical student who spent his summer vacation playing in a group that opened for the Beatles' on their last tour; and the suburban record store owner who opened a teen club modeled on the Cavern in Liverpool that hosted some of the biggest bands in the world. Drawing on historical and contemporary accounts, Joy and Fear brings to life the frenzied excitement of Beatlemania in 1960s Chicago, while also illustrating the deep-seated hostility from the establishment toward the Beatles.
What musical elements define the unmistakable, yet constantly evolving, 'U2 sound'? How is their enormously engaging music constructed? How have U2 maintained their prominent position in the ever-shifting world of popular music? Let Me In The Sound: The Sonic Signature of U2 addresses these questions in a three-tiered music-theoretical dissection of the band's unique sound. Endrinal begins by identifying the salient sonic characteristics that combine to form U2's distinctive musical autograph. With those characteristics established, the book examines the various approaches to formal organization found in the band's oeuvre. Finally, detailed analyses of several songs from across the band's career demonstrate how U2 construct songs and how each member of the band contributes his own unique musical perspective to these formal designs. Endrinal's analyses reach beyond the traditional focus on melody, harmony and rhythm, drawing on new computer assisted analytical techniques to explore texture, timbre and instrumentation. More than a study of one band, then, this book offers new analytical methods for the study of popular music.
To date there has been a significant gap in existing knowledge about the social history of music in Britain from 1950 to the present day. The three volumes of Live Music in Britain address this gap and do so through a unique prism - that of live music. The key theme of the books is the changing nature of the live music industry in the UK, focussed upon popular music but including all musical genres. Via this focus, the books offer new insights into a number of other areas including the relationship between commercial and public funding of music; changing musical fashions and tastes; the impact of changing technologies; the changing balance of power within the music industries; the role of the state in regulating and promoting various musical activities within an increasingly globalized music economy; and the effects of demographic and other social changes on music culture. Drawing on new archival research, a wide range of academic and non-academic secondary sources, participant observation and a series of interviews with key personnel, the books have the potential to become landmark works within Popular Music Studies and broader cultural history. The third volume covers the period from Live Aid to Live Nation (1985-2009).
This book explores in detail how the extraordinary global success of Korean pop music - K-Pop - has been received in Europe. Focusing on the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria, it discusses the motivations and characteristics of K-Pop fans, examines the role of new media, cultural polices and global creative industries, and relates K-Pop fandom to the multicultural and cosmopolitan milieu of much of Europe. The book concludes by assessing how far K-Pop fandom is part of a new global popular youth culture.
Tesla's Brian Wheat lifts the lid on living the rock 'n' roll life while struggling with anxiety, depression, and other issues seldom discussed by musicians. Brian Wheat is far from your typical rock star. As bassist for the multi-platinum band, Tesla, he's enjoyed the spoils of success and lived the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll lifestyle to the hilt. But it came at a cost, one that took years to repair. In this deeply honest and utterly revealing memoir, Wheat sheds light on the many challenges he faces, including bulimia, weight issues, and the crippling anxiety and depression caused by his conditions. Just like the songs his legendary band made, this is no-nonsense, blue-collar storytelling at its best. While revealing the vulnerable human behind the bass guitar, this autobiography also offers tremendous stories of life on the road, and collaborations and encounters with legendary figures like his pals in Def Leppard, David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, and Paul McCartney. Son of a Milkman will entertain, surprise, and inspire longtime fans of this enduring band.
A complete history of Tom Petty in Los Angeles. When Tom Petty arrived in Los Angeles in 1974 in search of a record deal for his band Mudcrutch, the Gainesville, Florida native found one almost immediately. While he thought he had found exactly what he was looking for in L.A., it would take years for Petty and his subsequent band, the Heartbreakers, to break onto the pop charts. Within the following two decades, Petty would stay planted in Los Angeles through chart-topping albums, battles with record labels, personal struggles, collaborations with rock and roll royalty, and even an arsonist burning down his home in the San Fernando Valley. From the earliest Heartbreakers concerts in Los Angeles at the legendary Whisky a Go Go and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, to the band's final concerts at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, Petty aimed to continue the tradition of the Southern California rock and roll of his musical heroes like the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield in his own fashion. At the same time, Petty's career often coincided with seismic shifts in the music business, indicated by Petty's famous refusal to back down in the face of label management, industry conventions, and the changing courses of platforms that helped make him a superstar, like rock radio and MTV. Somewhere You Feel Free: Tom Petty and Los Angeles explores the artistic life of Tom Petty through his career-long relationship with Los Angeles and the many colorful characters and venues that inspired him and his music-including his work with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash, Roger McGuinn, Leon Russell, Rick Rubin, and Del Shannon.
The Eurovision Song Contest is famous for its camp spectacles and political intrigues, but what about its actual music? With more than 1,500 songs in over fifty languages and a wide range of musical styles since it began in 1956, Eurovision features the most musically and linguistically diverse song repertoire in history. Listening closely to its classic fan favorites but also to songs that scored low because they were too different or too far ahead of their time, this book delves into the musical tastes and cultural values the contest engages through its international reach and popular appeal. Chapters discuss the iconic fanfare that introduces the broadcast, the supposed formulas for composing successful contest entries, how composers balance aspects of sameness and difference in their songs, and the tension between national genres of European popular music and musical trends beyond the nation's borders, especially the American influences on a show that is supposed to celebrate an idealized pan-European identity. The book also explores how audiences interact with the contest through musicking experiences that bring people together to celebrate its sounds and spectacles. What can seem like a silly song-and-dance show offers valuable insights into the bonds between popular music and cosmopolitan values for its many followers around the world. From dance parties to flashmobs, parodies to plagiarisms, and orchestras to artificial intelligence, Another Song for Europe will be of particular interest to Eurovision fans, critics, and scholars of popular music, popular culture, ethnomusicology, and European studies.
Camel remain one of the leading lights of 1970s progressive rock, selling to sell-out audiences across the globe, and still fronted by inspirational founder Andy Latimer. Formed in Guildford, Surrey in England in 1971, Camel , though not directly part of the genre, were strongly influenced by the bands emerging from Canterbury in Kent at the same time. In particular, the band's mixed humour and profundity, in a similar way to bands like Caravan and Hatfield and the North. However, and there's a clue in the name, and their music seamlessly integrated Middle Eastern and North African themes, forms and rhythms - as well as Jazz, folk and classical elements - to create an exciting and exotic new strand to the ballooning world of progressive rock in the early 1970s. After two critically well-received, but unsuccessful albums, Camel came to transatlantic attention in 1975 with the release of purely instrumental The Snow Goose, inspired by Paul Gallico's novella of the same name. The chart success of that album led to a sold-out performance in October 1975 at the Royal Albert Hall and cemented the band's place in the ongoing story of progressive rock. With Latimer still at the helm, and after almost 50 years and fourteen studio albums, Camel continue to perform to rapturous receptions across the world. This track by track analysis takes the reader along on their half-century journey, carving out a special, inimitable niche in British rock music.
The ultimate cult band. While they were never a chart band, Van der Graaf Generator's thousands of fans worldwide are fanatical. They were the first band signed to Charisma records in 1969 - before Genesis and Lindisfarne! No progressive rock band could ever be said to be a household name, but Van der Graaf Generator, celebrating their fiftieth anniversary in 2018, rarely enjoyed that distinction even in the households of many prog fans. VdGG, and the band's main creative force, Peter Hammill, really only had one foot in prog - the other pivoted between more straight-ahead rock, wild experimentation, and at times, brutal noise. While VdGG's run ended prematurely, the members carried on musically to varying extents, but none as much as Hammill, who has remained a relentless force, creating exciting and challenging albums on an almost yearly basis from the heyday of VdGG to the present day. VdGG reformed in 2005 and are still going strong. This book will explore what these musicians, and legions of dedicated fans, found so inspiring over the years: a baker's dozen of VdGG albums and over thirty solo Hammill studio releases will be discussed, as well as a handful of essential live recordings, experiments, and collaborations. Nothing like this has been offered before, and it will prove an invaluable guide for navigating the Hammill/Van der Graaf Generator sonic labyrinth
Although multi-million selling albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall are justifiably at the forefront of the Pink Floyd canon, the solo work of all five members - Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright - is a largely undocumented and fascinating aspect of the band's ongoing history. It is certainly diverse, from Barrett's mercurial early-70s album, The Madcap Laughs, through Waters' ever-acerbic solo concepts, to Gilmour's mainstream post-Millennium releases such as Rattle That Lock. And lest we forget the often under-appreciated contribution Mason and Wright made to Pink Floyd, their solo works are also represented, along with the session and production duties each Floyd member has undertaken over the years - some of which may raise an eyebrow or two! The ground-breaking nature of Pink Floyd's music has been kept alive and well in the releases of all solo members and has long been screaming out for analysis - something this book provides with compelling enthusiasm and insight. Listing every studio track they have released - placing them in chronological order - this is the perfect book for those who wish to delve deeper into Pink Floyd.