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A History of Rock Music: 1951-2000 by piero scaruffi

By piero scaruffi

This heritage of rock song isn't really a heritage of the charts (which I think about an aberration), yet a background of the nice rules brought through rock musicians over 50 years of relentless innovation, and the background in their maximum albums (regardless of ways many copies have been sold). It finally ends up being extra fascinated with "alternative" rock than on "mainstream" rock, just because substitute musicians are typically extra cutting edge and honest than mainstream musicians.In a feeling, rediscovering "alternative" rock and giving it its dues is usually how to repair the recognition of rock track one of the extra refined audiences. this present day, rock song is a style that employs sampling strategies, digital tools, digital/computer know-how, cacophony, and ethnic assets. The roots of latest rock tune lie within the technical techniques caused within the first half the twentieth century. hence, my "alternative" heritage of rock tune starts a lot prior to so much books at the origins of rock'n'roll, and covers even more territory than guitar-driven rock'n'roll.

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The band spent their adult years trying to transform the subcultural idiom of the hippies into a universal language that could reach out to every corner of the planet (not only the hippy communes). They succeeded with a form of intellectual muzak which interpreted the lysergic trip as a cathartic escape from daily reality and liberation from urban neuroses: Weather Report Suite (1975), Blues For Allah (1975), Shakedown Street (1978), Althea (1979). In practice, their art was a psychological research on the relationship between the altered states of the mind (psychedelic hallucinations) and the altered states of the psyche (industrial neuroses).

Last but not least, the open French ensemble of Les Maledictus Sound (1) released one of the most psychedelic albums ever, Les Maledictus Sound (1968). Another Canadian band, L'Infonie (1), inspired by the cacophonous chaos of Captain Beefheart and Red Crayola, but also by Pierre Henry's musique concrete, by Sun Ra's cosmic jazz and Frank Zappa's dadaistic sketches, and obsessed with the digit "3", released Volume 3 (1969), performed by 33 musicians, Volume 33 (1971), and Volume 333 (1972). Britain and the light show British psychedelia was a very minor and very late phenomenon, with one notable exception: Pink Floyd.

Although less impressive, White Light White Heat (1967) contains Sister Ray, which probably remains the ultimate, definitive masterpiece of rock music, an epic piece that rivals Beethoven's symphonies and John Coltrane's metaphysical improvisations. The Live (1974) album contains a few more uncontrolled jams in the style of Sister Ray, while the mellow ballads of Velvet Underground (1969), and Sweet Jane (1970), founded a decadent pop-song that would be influential on glam-rock. By hailing drug addiction and deviant sex, the Velvet Underground revealed a whole new category of hedonistic rituals.

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