"Campbell and Brody's book is unique in its perceptive and engaging musical discussions, which bring this music to life and connect it to social issues. The authors' analyses of examples transcend the cosmetic, superficial, and mundane: they offer detailed, clear guidance to help students hear the recordings in new ways."
"I haven't seen a rock and roll text more ably cover musical elements and rock instrumentation."
Michael Campbell is a writer and pianist. A California native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and holds a doctorate from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano with Leon Fleisher. As a commercial musician, he has assisted such artists as Angela Lansbury, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, Ethel Merman, and Don McLean. As a concert pianist, he has performed a broad range of repertoire, including his own transcriptions of recordings by Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton, and other legendary jazz pianists. He also performs all of the piano selections included with this textbook.
Part 1: ROCK IS. 1. It's Only Rock and Roll. Part II: BEFORE ROCK: ROOTS, EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION. 2. Before Rock, An Evolutionary Perspective. 3. Before Rock, A Revolutionary Perspective. Part III: BECOMING ROCK: THE ROCK ERA, 1951-1964. 4. Rhythm and Blues, 1951-1959. 5. Rock and Roll. 6. On the Roads to Rock: from Girl Groups and Garage Bands to Folk and Surf Music. Part IV: ROCK: THE ROCK ERA, 1974-1976. 7. Rock Matters. 8: Black pop in the 1960s: Motown and Soul. 9: Rock. 10. San Francisco and the Diversity of Rock. 11. Rock as Art. 12. The Singer/Songwriters: Rock, Melody, and Meaning. 13. Black Popular Music in the early 1970s. 14. Mainstream Rock in the 1970s. Part V: BEYOND ROCK, THE ROCK ERA, 1977-. 15. Views from the Outside: Reggae, Funk, and Disco. 16. Punk and Its Aftermath. 17. Pop since 1980. 18. Renewing Rock: Mainstream Rock Since 1980. 19: Alternatives. 20. Rock in the 21st Century: Issues and Opportunities.