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Author Stephenson, Ken, 1959-

Title What to listen for in rock : a stylistic analysis / Ken Stephenson.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xvii, 253 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes discography (pages 195-196), bibliographical references (pages 197-217), and index.
Contents Phrase rhythm -- Key and mode -- Cadences -- Chord type and harmonic palette -- Harmonic succession -- Form -- Analyzing a hit.
Summary In this analysis of rock music, music theorist Ken Stephenson explores the features that make this internationally popular music distinct from earlier music styles. The author offers a guided tour of rock music from the 1950s to the present, emphasizing the theoretical underpinnings of the style and systematically focusing not on rock music's history or sociology, but on the structural aspects of the music itself. What structures normally happen in rock music? What theoretical systems or models might best explain them? The text addresses these questions and more in chapters devoted to phrase rhythm, scales, key determination, cadences, harmonic palette and succession, and form. Each chapter provides detailed analyses of individual rock pieces from groups including Chicago; the Beatles; Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; Kansas; and others. Stephenson shows how rock music is stylistically unique, and he demonstrates how the features that make it distinct have tended to remain constant throughout the second half of the 20th century and within most substyles.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Rock music -- Analysis, appreciation.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780300128239