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How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll : an alternative history of American popular music

Author: Elijah Wald
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ. Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"There are no definitive histories," writes Elijah Wald, in this provocative reassessment of American popular music, "because the past keeps looking different as the present changes." Earlier musical styles sound different to us today because we hear them through the musical filter of other styles that came after them, all the way through funk and hiphop. As its blasphemous title suggests, How the Beatles Destroyed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Wald, Elijah.
How the Beatles destroyed rock 'n' roll.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ. Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008042265
(OCoLC)255902011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elijah Wald
ISBN: 9780199712137 0199712131 1282125303 9781282125308
OCLC Number: 352911283
Description: 1 online resource (x, 323 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Amateurs and Executants; 2 The Ragtime Life; 3 Everybody's Doin' It; 4 Alexander's Got a Jazz Band Now; 5 Cake Eaters and Hooch Drinkers; 6 The King of Jazz; 7 The Record, the Song, and the Radio; 8 Sons of Whiteman; 9 Swing That Music; 10 Technology and Its Discontents; 11 Walking Floors and Jumpin' Jive; 12 Selling the American Ballad; 13 Rock the Joint; 14 Big Records for Adults; 15 Teen Idyll; 16 Twisting Girls Change the World; 17 Say You Want a Revolution . . .; EPILOGUE: The Rock Blot and the Disco Diagram; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Other Titles: How the Beatles destroyed rock and roll
Responsibility: Elijah Wald.

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How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll is an alternative history of American music that, instead of recycling the familiar cliches of jazz and rock, looks at what people were playing, hearing and  Read more...

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Wald's argument is built through 16 chapters of well-researched and brilliantly argued historical contextualising. Martin James, Times Higher Education Fascinating new book...This is one of those Read more...

 
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