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The Musical Language of Rock

The Musical Language of Rock

The Musical Language of RockFrom The Beatles to Nirvana, Michael Jackson to Bonnie Raitt, music theorist David Temperley shows how rock musicians exploit the musical dimensions of the style—harmony and melody, tonality and scale, rhythm and meter, phrase structure and form—to achieve aesthetic and expressive goals. With abundant musical examples and sound clips available on the book’s companion website, The Musical Language of Rock provides a new and deeper understanding of the power and appeal of rock, and its essential place in modern music.

The Musical Language of Rock, by David Temperley,
Oxford University Press, www.oup.com.


BOWIE: The Illustrated Story

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians and performers of the past five decades, David Bowie released 27 studio albums from 1967 until January 2016, two days before he died. This retrospective follows his career from the folkie baroque rock of his debut to his soul phase, massive pop success in the 1980s, to electronica in the 1990s. The book features stunning photography—on stage and back stage images, gig posters, concert stubs, and more. Bowie

Bowie: The Illustrated Story, by Pat Gilbert, Voyageur Press,

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs

Author Martin Popoff examines the music of Led Zeppelin as a complex amalgam of blues, rock, folk, and country. He details each of the group’s 81 studio tracks—how and why they were created and the historical context, as well as the recording process. Sidebars detail personnel and instrumentation for each album. The book contains many rare performance and offstage photographs, along with memorabilia.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs, by Martin Popoff,
Voyageur Press, www.quartoknows.com.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominations Are In

The roster of nominations for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for 2018 has just been announced. The list includes The Cars (and members Elliot Easton of Local 47, Los Angeles, and Ric Ocasek of Local 802, New York City), The J. Geils Band (and Seth Justman of Local 9-535), The longtime New Orleans band, The Meters, with Art Neville and George Porter, both of Local 174-496 (New Orleans), and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste of Local 47.

Other candidates include Depeche Mode, LL Cool J, MC5, Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan, Link Wray, and The Zombies. Among the first-time nominations are Radiohead, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, Judas Priest, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Eurythmics, and Rage Against the Machine (and Brad Wilk and Tom Morello, members of Local 47, Los Angeles).

The voting body comprises more than 900 international artists, historians, and members of the music industry who weigh an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation, and superiority in style and technique.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for their choice. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017.