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What to Listen For in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis

Ken Stephenson


This concise analysis of rock music 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 book addresses these questions and more in chapters devoted to phrase rhythm, scales, key determi ... More

Keywords: rock music, theoretical systems, phrase rhythm, scales, key determination, cadences, harmonic palette, succession, Chicago, The Beatles

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092394
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092394.001.0001


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Ken Stephenson, author

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