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Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Edward Macan

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Few styles of popular music have generated as much controversy as progressive rock, a musical genre best remembered today for its gargantuan stage shows, its fascination with epic subject matter ... More


Progressive Rock After 1976

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

The history of progressive rock since 1976 can be divided into two distinct periods. The period from 1976 to 1981 or 1982 was marked by the fragmentation of the genre into simpler, more commercially ... More


The Progressive Rock Style The Music

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the progressive rock style as it emerged during its “golden age” of roughly 1970 to 1976. It shows that the progressive rock style is indebted to the classical tradition in the ... More


A Sociology of Progressive Rock

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

By considering the contribution of the colleges, universities, and the Anglican Church to the formation of progressive rock, this chapter shows how the style perfectly reflects its origins in an ... More


Related Styles

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

There was a general belief at that time that classical music, jazz, folk music, rock music, and Eastern styles were all tributaries that were about to flow into a new, unified style; no less a figure ... More


Postlude

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

In studying the rise of musical styles it is also important to remember that composers or elite musicians do not create musical styles; people do. No matter how musically promising a style may ... More


Authentic: Progressive Rock and the Inversion of Musical Values

John J. Sheinbaum

in Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226593241
eISBN:
9780226593418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226593418.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

Progressive rock music of the 1970s is characterized by long songs with many different sections, extended concepts spanning entire albums, musical complexities, and heavy doses of technology and ... More


Introduction

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book's goal is twofold. First, it examines how progressive rock creates its artistic messages through specific combinations of music, visual imagery, and verbal expression. Second, it explores ... More


The Electric Folk Scene: A Sociocultural Portrayal

Britta Sweers

in Electric Folk: The Changing Face of English Traditional Music

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195174786
eISBN:
9780199864348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174786.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This sociocultural analysis depicts the electric folk scene as a coherent, yet heterogeneous entity, shaped by continuous line-up changes. As the musical hybridity is also reflected in the ... More


From Scriabin to Pink Floyd: The ANS Synthesizer and the Politics of Soviet Music between Thaw and Stagnation

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sound Commitments: Avant-Garde Music and the Sixties

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195336641
eISBN:
9780199868551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336641.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

The first Soviet synthesizer was developed in the late 1950s by a military engineer named Yevgeniy Murzin. Named after Murzin's hero Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin, the ANS synthesiser was soon ... More


The Birth of Progressive Rock

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

The counterculture consisted largely of young, middle-class white people who had consciously rejected the lifestyle of their parents in favor of more experimental paths. Hippies were notorious for ... More


Four Different Progressive Rock Pieces

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter puts words, visuals, and music back together by considering four particularly representative pieces of the progressive rock era: ELP's Tarkus (1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Genesis's ... More


The Progressive Rock Style The Visuals

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

Both the albums and the concert experience have a strong visual dimension; in progressive rock certain conventions are repeated often enough both in album cover art and in concerts that it is not ... More


The Progressive Rock Style The Lyrics

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter is not primarily concerned with exploring to what degree—if any—the hippies' belief system can be said to constitute a “religion.” Rather, it focuses on how the symbols mentioned by ... More


The Critical Reception of Progressive Rock

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195098884
eISBN:
9780199853236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter addresses the critical reception of progressive rock. To address this topic adequately, though, a brief outline of the history of rock journalism is necessary. Prior to the mid-1960s, ... More


Individual Musical Approaches

Britta Sweers

in Electric Folk: The Changing Face of English Traditional Music

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195174786
eISBN:
9780199864348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174786.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

In order to highlight the variety of the individual fusion styles, this chapter undertakes a deeper musical analysis. A central focus is set on Fairport Convention which, despite numerous line-up ... More


Sounds Revolutionary: Progressive Rock and Cultural Revolutions

Jonathyne Briggs

in Sounds French: Globalization, Cultural Communities, and Pop Music in France, 1958–1980

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199377060
eISBN:
9780199377091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377060.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

This chapter chronicles the development of the progressive rock genre in France after the Events of 1968, noting the connection between the ideas of ’68, especially the shift in the French ... More


Fan Culture and the Internet

Chris Atton

in An Alternative Internet: Radical Media, Politics and Creativity

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748617692
eISBN:
9780748670819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617692.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Internet radio demonstrate the ways in which the application of new technology to a traditional medium might prompt audiences to create their own forms of creative communication. This chapter focuses ... More


The Music: A General Overview

Britta Sweers

in Electric Folk: The Changing Face of English Traditional Music

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195174786
eISBN:
9780199864348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174786.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter provides a broader overview of the different musical elements that form the hybrid genre electric folk. This includes adaptations from the tradition (e.g. Child Ballads, broadsides, ... More


Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide

John J. Sheinbaum

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226593241
eISBN:
9780226593418
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226593418.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

Over the past two centuries Western culture has valorized a particular kind of “good” music—highly serious, magnificently unified, wondrously deep, stylistically authentic, heroically created, and ... More


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