Ecclesiastes said it well: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” From Bakersfield to Beale Street traces the origins and evolution of American rock ‘n’ roll between 1940 and 1987 by examining the intersection of styles and regional influences. The blues, traditional country, and gospel music are the progenitors of rock ‘n’ roll; evolving forms are shaped by distinctive influences in the South, the East and West Coasts, and the Midwest.
But while there may be nothing new under the sun, the times they are a changin’. The authors examine how post-war baby boomers and their new technologies shaped rock ‘n’ roll.
Chapter 1 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Basics: Instruments—Musical Elements
Chapter 2 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Basics: Origins—Song Forms
Chapter 3 – Good Golly Miss Molly: Regional Influences—Blues to R&B
Chapter 4 – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On: Regional Styles in Rockabilly Music
Chapter 5 – Be My Baby: 1950s−1960s Pop Music—East Meets West
Interlude – I Want To Hold Your Hand: The British Invasion—The First Wave
Chapter 6 – What’d I Say: Regional Influences of Classic Soul
Chapter 7 – Your Cheatin’ Heart: Regional Styles in Country Music
Chapter 8 – Turn, Turn, Turn: Folk-Rock—Country-Rock—Psychedelic Rock
Chapter 9 – You’ve Got a Friend: Singer-Songwriters—Rediscovering America’s Voice
Chapter 10 – Dixie Chicken: Southern-Rock and Jazz-Rock
Chapter 11 – Now I Want to Sniff Some Glue: Funk, Disco, and Early American Punk
Chapter 12 – Heart of Glass: New Wave—Metal
Chapter 13 – Billie Jean: Pop Rock–––Roots-Rock––College Rock