Additional Resources, Rock and Romanticism

I occasionally get recommendations from contributors, and I have had a list of recommended resources already up for some time, so I thought that since so many of you are coming close to final revisions on your essays this month I would send a reminder of some of the work that’s out there. I’m adding to the list and reposting here some of my general resources about the subject.

I would like to add that it’s just as important to consult rock scholarship when available as it is to consult Romantic era scholarship. Some of you are writing about very recent figures who will only have coverage in the popular press, so there won’t be much scholarship available. In those cases, I would look up your topic or approach in similar acts, and then fit your work in with previous scholarship related to the subject if none is available directly about your subject.

Don’t forget that I’m recommending Michael Löwy’s and Robert Sayre’s Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity as a way of trans-culturally and trans-chronologically theorizing Romanticism.

Simon Frith is great, by the way.

If you have any recommendations, please email them to me and I will notify contributors.

General: New Additions

Frith, Simon, Will Straw, and John Street, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Rock and Pop.  Pay special attention to the essay “Reconsidering rock” by Kier Keightley (p. 109ff), as it considers rock and roll in both Romantic and Modernist modes.

Gracyk, Theodore. Rhythm and Noise

Pattison, Robert. The Triumph of Vulgarity (I emailed everyone about this text some weeks back, but I’m just now adding it to this list.)

Wu, Duncan. 30 Great Myths about the Romantics


Dettmar, Kevin. Is Rock Dead?  

Dettmar, Kevin. Think Rock

Dettmar, Kevin and Willem Richey. Reading Rock and Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics. 1999.

Doughty, Howard. “Rock: A Nascent Protean Form.” Popular Music and Society 2.2 (1973).

Eisen, Jonathan. The Age of Rock: Sounds of the American Cultural Revolution (Random House) and The Age of Rock 2: Sights and Sounds of the American Cultural Revolution (Vintage Books).

Lewis, George H. Side Saddle on the Golden Calf: Social Structure and Popular Culture in America (Goodyear Pub. Co.).

Maddocks, Melvin. “The New Cult of Madness.” Time Magazine (March 13, 1972).

Marshall, Lee. “Metallica and Morality: The Rhetorical Battleground of the Napster Wars.” ESLJ 1.1 (2004).

Passmore, John. “Paradise Now: The Logic of the New Mysticism.” Encounter (November 1970). CIA funded source.

Prendergast, Mark. The Ambient Century – from Mahler to Moby, the Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age (Bloomsbury, 2003)

Reynolds, Simon. “Ecstasy is a Science: Techno-Romanticism.” Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. Ed. Karen Kelly and Evelyn McDonnell. New York: New York UP, 1999. 199-205.

Ross, Alex. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century.

Weinstein, Deena. “Art Versus Commerce: Deconstructing a (Useful) Romantic Illusion.” Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. Ed. Karen Kelly and Evelyn McDonnell. New York: New York UP, 1999. 57-69.



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