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American Popular Music: Rock and Roll
  • Authored by: Craig Morrison; General Editor: Richard Carlin; Foreword by Kevin Holm-Hudson, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: American Popular Music
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816053170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5317-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $67.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 781.66
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 352


Rock and roll traces its roots to the music of the early 20th century. Its infectious sound, characterized by catchy guitar rhythms, a strong beat, and youthful lyrics, sparked a musical revolution beloved by the young and initially scorned by many adults. The emergence of rock and roll signaled a monumental change in popular music, and as rock grew, it assimilated a vast range of influences, including country, folk, jazz, gospel, and international styles, to become one of the most dynamic musical genres of contemporary times. American Popular Music: Rock and Roll explores the history of this musical genre as it took the United States by storm.

Entries include:

  • Alternative rock
  • The Animals
  • The Beatles
  • Chuck Berry
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Garage rock
  • Buddy Holly
  • Janis Joplin
  • Kiss
  • Metallica
  • Motown
  • Nirvana
  • The Ramones
  • R.E.M.
  • Rockabilly
  • Steely Dan
  • Ritchie Valens
  • Frank Zappa
  • and many others.


Black-and-white photographs. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references. Chronology. Discography.

About the Author(s)

Craig Morrison, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in humanities with a concentration in music from Concordia University in Montreal. He is currently a professor of music at Concordia, where he teaches a course titled “Rock and Roll and Its Roots.” Morrison is the author of Go Cat Go! Rockabilly Music and Its Makers and is a contributor to The Encyclopedia of the Blues.

Foreword author Kevin Holm-Hudson, Ph.D., received a doctorate of musical arts in composition, with a concentration in ethnomusicology, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an assistant professor of music at the University of Kentucky and is an editor/contributor to Progressive Rock Reconsidered. Holm-Hudson is also the author of numerous articles that have appeared in such publications as Genre and Ex Tempore and has presented on a wide variety of topics at conferences.

Reviews and Awards

"...useful for libraries that do not have an extensive music reference collection."

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