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Rock Eras
Interpretations of Music and Society 1954–1984
Jim Curtis

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Rock and Roll is here to stay

During the period 1954 to 1984, the media made rock and roll into an international language. This was a period of great technological change, and therefore of great stylistic and cultural change as well. In the 1950s, the wild-eyed Southern boys burst into national consciousness on 45 rpm records, and then the British rockers made the transition from 45s to 33 1/3 albums. By the 1970s, rockers were competing with television. MTV brought this era to a close by making obsolete the music-only formats that had created rock and roll in the first place.

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Cover of Rock Eras is white type on black background with a blue guitarist ghosted over the white letters.

LC: 86-072615 M
372 pp. 6 x 9

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Paper $24.95 s
ISBN 978-0-87972-369-9
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