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Introduction

Edward Macan

in Rocking the Classics

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195098884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098884.003.0001
Introduction

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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 the social meanings of these artistic messages, especially in terms of the relationship between progressive rock as a style and the English hippie subculture of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Thus, it does not resort to musical examples, and the musical analysis is of a descriptive rather than a graphic nature. The book can only respond that musical analysis for its own sake is not central to the arguments here, and that not resorting to graphic analysis enables it to address a diverse audience—readers with backgrounds in sociology, cultural theory, the sixties, or rock history and criticism—united mainly by their lack of grounding in musicology.

Keywords: progressive rock; artistic messages; music; visual imagery; verbal expression; social meanings; hippie subculture; musicology

Chapter.  5766 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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