Cover of: Is rock dead? | Kevin J. H. Dettmar

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

The brief life and protracted death of rock & roll
"A chip on his shoulder, and an A-bomb in his pants" : America's nervousness about rock & roll
Death in the fourth estate
The death of rock is the story of rock : or, the pen is mightier than the power chord
Dancing on its own grave : the strange logics of the "rock is dead" song

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
ML3534 .D48 2005

The Physical Object

p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
0415970334, 0415970342
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