This thoroughly revised second edition of Allan Moore's ground-breaking book features new sections on melody, Britpop, authenticity, intertextuality, and an extended discussion of texture. Rock's 'primary text' - its sounds - is the focus of attention here. Allan Moore argues for the development of a musicology particular to rock within the context of the background to the genres, the beat and rhythm and blues styles of the early 1960s, 'progressive' rock and subsequent styles. He also explores the fundamental issue of rock as a medium for self-expression, and the relationship of this to changing musical styles. Rock: The Primary Text remains innovative in its exploration of an aesthetics of rock.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Issues in Theory: The musicological background; Analytical approaches; The aesthetic question; The pop-classical split; Intensional/extensional; Listening strategy, style and function; Analytic language; Elements of an Analytical Musicology of Rock: Notation; Instrumental roles; Rhythmic organization; The voice; Melody; Harmonic patterns and formal structures; Open-ended repetitive patterns; The open/closed principle; Composing at the instrument; Progressive Styles and Issues: Rock traditions; The beginnings of progressive rock; 'African American' influences; Blues as pretext; Blues as (con)text; Improvisation in rock; The jazz influence; Art rock; Listening to progressive rock; An insular path; Progressive folk; Fantasy; Conclusion: the progress of progressive rock; A Profusion of Styles: Technology and texture; Glam rock; The punk aesthetic; The punk diaspora; Beyond progressive rock; Hard rock and heavy metal; Synthesizer rock; Timbre and its gestural qualities; Authenticity re-constituted: guitar bands; Authenticity re-constituted: roots rock; Britpop; Meanings: Communication; The mediation of self-expression; Style and identity; Meaning and style; Authenticity and intertextuality; Parody, pastiche and performance; Stylistic development; Conclusion; Glossary of musicological terms; Bibliography; Discography; Index.