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The Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones

Victor Coelho John Covach

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Cambridge University Press
12 September 2019
Music; Rock & Pop music; Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups; Popular culture
The Rolling Stones are one of the most influential, prolific, and enduring Rock and Roll bands in the history of music. This groundbreaking, specifically commissioned collection of essays provides the first dedicated academic overview of the music, career, influences, history, and cultural impact of the Rolling Stones. Shining a light on the many communities and sources of knowledge about the group, this Companion brings together essays by musicologists, ethnomusicologists, players, film scholars, and filmmakers into a single volume intended to stimulate fresh thinking about the group as they vault well over the mid-century of their career. Threaded throughout these essays are album- and song-oriented discussions of the landmark recordings of the group and their influence. Exploring new issues about sound, culture, media representation, the influence of world music, fan communities, group personnel, and the importance of their revival post-1989, this collection greatly expands our understanding of their music.
Edited by:   Victor Coelho, John Covach
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 175mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781107651111
ISBN 10:   1107651115
Series:   Cambridge Companions to Music
Pages:   242
Publication Date:   12 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Part I. Albums, Songs, Players, and the Core Repertory of the Rolling Stones: 1. The Rolling Stones: albums and singles, 1963-1974 John Covach; 2. Guitar slingers and hired guns: the musicians of The Rolling Stones Bill Janovitz; 3. The Rolling Stones in 1968: in defense of lingering psychedelia John Covach; 4. Exile, America, and the theater of The Rolling Stones, 1968-1972 Victor Coelho; 5. Post exile: The Rolling Stones in a disco-punk world, 1975-1983 Paul Harris; Part II. Sound, Roots, and Brian Jones: 6. The Rolling Stones's sound: at the crossroads of roots and technology Ralph Maier; 7. Driving Stones country in five songs Daniel Beller-Mckenna; 8. A 'gust of fresh air': Brian Jones, assemblage, and world music Brita Renee Heimarck; Part III. Stones on Film, Revival, and Fans: 9. Shine a light: The Rolling Stones on film Michael Brendan Baker; 10. Second life and the dynamics of revival: The Stones after 1989 Victor Coelho; Afterword: being a Rolling Stones fan is not a choice but a state of mind Philippe Puicouyoul.

Victor Coelho is Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University, as well as a lutenist and guitarist. His previous publications include Instrumentalists and Renaissance Culture (with Keith Polk, Cambridge, 2016), The Cambridge Companion to the Guitar (Cambridge, 2003), and Performance on Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela (Cambridge, 1997). John Covach is Director of the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music, Professor of Music in the College Music Department, and Professor of Theory at the Eastman School of Music. He is the principal author of the college textbook What's That Sound?: An Introduction to Rock Music (5th edition, 2018) and has co-edited Understanding Rock (1997), American Rock and the Classical Tradition (2000), Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Music (2000), and Sounding Out Pop (2010).

Reviews for The Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones

'An intriguing prospect for serious Stones fans.' Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock 'A bold attempt to up the intellectual ante around Stones criticism.' Jim Wirth, Uncut 'There's an entertaining look at a clutch of Stones country songs ... a decent reassessment of their psychedelic period ... and a welcome upgrade for Brian Jones as founder, world music maverick and the group's true dandy.' Neil Spencer, The Observer '... there are some interesting theories as the profs examine how psychedelia's aftershock resonated after Their Satanic Majesties and county music infiltrated, giving songs hatched from Keith's gut-level urges and relentless margination a depth even he might not have imagined ...' Kris Needs, Record Collector 'An intriguing prospect for serious Stones fans.' Ian Fortnam, Classic Rock 'A bold attempt to up the intellectual ante around Stones criticism.' Jim Wirth, Uncut 'There's an entertaining look at a clutch of Stones country songs ... a decent reassessment of their psychedelic period ... and a welcome upgrade for Brian Jones as founder, world music maverick and the group's true dandy.' Neil Spencer, The Observer '... there are some interesting theories as the profs examine how psychedelia's aftershock resonated after Their Satanic Majesties and county music infiltrated, giving songs hatched from Keith's gut-level urges and relentless margination a depth even he might not have imagined ...' Kris Needs, Record Collector


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