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Rock: A Canadian Perspective [Paperback]

Larry Starr , Christopher Waterman , Jay Hodgson
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Oct. 2 2008 0195427610 978-0195427615
Rock: A Canadian Perspective is the first and only rock music text to survey the crucial contributions that Canadian musicians have made. It is also unique in its description of the myriad ways that rock 'n' roll has shaped, and then reshaped, Canada's culture since World War II. Specifically, the text covers the development of rock from its roots in the mid-1940s to its current incarnation in the twenty-first century incorporating a Canadian perspective. Some topics discussed include the use of urban folk music for marketing the 'mosaic' concept of Canadian culture; the place of rock 'n' roll music and culture in narratives of 'Americanization'; and the global success of Canadian 'indie' rock bands in the mid-2000s. In a highly accessible writing style, Rock: A Canadian Perspective engages students with a balance of musical analysis and social context. Students will learn not only how and why rock has changed, but also what rock music sounds like through time. The book is enhanced by rich pedagogy: boxed inserts on significant individuals, recordings, and intriguing topics; well-organized listening charts; and over 70 black and white and colour photographs. This is an ideal text for introductory courses in the history of rock 'n' roll that will encourage Canadian readers to become more critically aware listeners of rock music.

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"It introduces Canadian subject matter to its Canadian audiences. This strength is beyond major; it is phenomenal. Frankly, I was moved and will be thrilled to introduce it to my students." -- Norman Standield, UBC

"This is a truly comprehensive survey of popular music with much to offer the Canadian student in popular music. The (book's) strengths are its breadth, its attention to detail, and its concise language. Specifically though, the Canadian content and Canadian context make this an unusual and refreshing book." --Kirsten Yri, WLU

About the Author

Larry Starr is a Professor of Music at the University of Washington and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for American Music. Christopher Waterman is Professor of World Arts and Cultures, and Dean of the School of Arts and Architecture, UCLA. Jay Hodgson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Western Ontario. As a graduate student at the University of Alberta, he received the 2006 Governor General's Gold Medal, an award that recognizes the most outstanding doctoral graduate student. Jay is also one of the architects of the pop music program at UWO.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and To the Point May 8 2014
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This is thorough coverage of the the History of Rock Music without the glitz and distraction of pop culture. It puts the development of the form into historical context and outlines the parallels with our developing society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars Oct. 6 2013
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The book is in good condition for a text book for school. I would have liked to know that there was quite a bit of highlighting in it as well as tabs on it. Other than that it was a great price and came in great time! No complaints :)
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