Friday, August 31, 2012

Rock Music Fiction

Looking for something different to read? Tired of the same old chick-lit, thrillers, romances, and teen vampire books? If you're like most people you listen to rock music-on the radio, on CDs, and at concerts. Believe it or not, there is a growing genre of fiction devoted to rock music and rock musicians.
They aren't all just about sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll (although a generous sprinkling of these ingredients doesn't hurt!). Many rock music novels strive to capture something about the creative process, the everyday life of a musician, or the impact that rock music has on listeners. Here are a few choice examples of works of fiction that are based in the punk, pop, heavy metal, or rock genre.
The Best in Rock Fiction (June Sawyers and Anthony DeCurtis, editors. Hal Leonard, 2004). This engrossing collection features short stories including T. C. Boyle's "All Shook Up" and Tom Piazza's "Burn Me Up," plus more than a dozen excerpts from published novels. Authors include Nick Hornby, William Gibson, Sherman Alexie (with an excerpt from Reservation Blues), Don DeLillo, Madison Smartt Bell, Jeffrey Eugenides, Rick Moody, and Scott Spencer. In "Ground Beneath Her Feet," Salman Rushdie explores the Orpheus and Eurydice myth in a rock 'n roll context.
Carved in Rock: Short Stories by Musicians (Greg Kihn, editor. Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003). A collection of short stories written by some of the biggest names in rock including Joan Jett, Kinky Freidman, Jim Carroll, Richard Hell, Ray Davies, Graham Parker, Eric Burden, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Exene Cervenka, and Wayne Kramer. Given the success that many of these legends have as songwriters, it's no surprise that these engaging and varied tales open new doors of literary experience.
Pistonhead (Thomas A. Hauck. Communications, 2009). My own entry into the rock fiction arena. Pistonhead reveals the daily life of Charlie Sinclair, a struggling Boston musician who works in a factory by day and plays guitar for his band Pistonhead at night. He's stressed-out, confused, oversexed, underfed, has an apartment full of mice, and can't get rid of his overbearing ex-girlfriend who tries to make booty calls. When his life can't get much more depressing, he faces a personal crisis and it looks like his dreams of a career in music are over. They aren't--he just has to change his idea of success.
High Fidelity (Nick Hornby. Riverhead, 1995). Although the protagonist is the owner of a record store (remember record stores?), this classic novel is the most successful of the rock music genre. We meet Rob Fleming, owner of a vintage record store in London, whose girlfriend, Laura, leaves him for another man. Rob realizes that he lives not for sexual conquest but for the monogamy that he, until now, dismissed as hopelessly square. The 2000 movie version starred John Cusack and Danish actress Iben Hjejle, and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth (Peter Wild, editor. Harper Perennial, 2009). A collection of stories inspired, as the title says, by the music of punk rock legends Sonic Youth. The all-star contributors include Hiag Akmakjian, Christopher Coake, Katherine Dunn, Mary Gaitskill, Rebecca Godfrey, Laird Hunt, Shelley Jackson, J. Robert Lennon, Samuel Ligon, Emily Maguire, Tom McCarthy, Scott Mebus, Eileen Myles, Catherine O'Flynn, Emily Carter Roiphe, Kevin Sampsell, Steven Sherrill, Matt Thorne, Rachel Trezise, Jess Walter, and Peter Wild.

1970s Rock Music

1970s Rock music is part of a popular genre because people are searching for something genuine and classic. It has been said that 1970s rock music is a lot better than the style people listen to today because 1970s rock music was a legitimate form of music. There were extremely talented composers of 1970s rock music, and many were even considered to be Masters.
The 1970s rock era looks more and more like the last great era of rock music experimentation and creative upheaval. When I consider the range and diversity of the music that was being produced and selling well, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin come to mind as top producers of 1970s rock music.
The top 20 rock, (or related sub-genre) songs of the 1970s were:
1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Imagine - John Lennon
3. Hotel California - The Eagles
4. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
5. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
6. Layla - Derek and the Dominos
7. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
8. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
10. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
11. Let It Be - The Beatles
12. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
13. American Pie - Don McLean
14. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
15. Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees
16. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
17. Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
18. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
19. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
20. Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
1970s Rock had several sub genres, some of which include progressive rock, heavy metal, and punk rock.
Progressive rock
Two of the most popular progressive rock bands of the seventies were Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues, because they played music that was more intricate.; At times progressive rock meant using different instruments or producing music with unusual sounds.
Heavy Metal
Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath are examples of Heavy Metal bands from the 1970s rock era.; They originally played blues based music that was very loud.
Punk Rock
Punk rock from the 1970s was straightforward, loud and rough.; Punk musicians quite often had bizarre hair, ripped clothing, leather jackets and leather boots.; The Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones were a few of the most well-liked.
Some of the most well-known bands from the 1970's era were: Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, The Bee Gees, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen,; Chicago, David Bowie, Elton John, James Taylor, John Lennon, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney; Wings, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Eagles, The Osmonds, The Police, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Village People, ZZ Top.
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Rock Music

The term rock music is an extremely popular genre of music which has its roots, deeply embedded in rock and roll, country music and blues music. Centered on the guitar, it has many subgenres like the ones mentioned below to name a few.
>> Alternative rock
>> Art rock
>> Baroque pop
>> Beat music
>> Britpop
>> Emo
>> Experimental rock
>> Garage rock
>> Glam rock
>> Grunge
>> Hard rock
>> Heavy metal
>> Instrumental rock
>> Progressive rock
>> Psychedelia
>> Punk rock
>> Soft rock
>> Symphonic rock
One of the main traits of the rock music is the eternal sound of guitar which may or may not be electric in nature. Apart from guitar, this form of music also has two more elements to it namely the percussion and electric bass guitar. Normally, the rock band consists of 2 to 5 members that include the main vocalist, lead guitarist, guitarist to play the rhythm, the bass guitarist, the drummer and sometimes another person to play any other instrument. The lyrics of the rock form of music deal with varied issues unlike the Blues music which revolves around melancholy and sadness. In fact, it is difficult to define rock music as it has a tendency to absorb a lot from the other form of music and hence does not have a rigid definition to it.
Social effects of this revolution:
Rock music has been associated with rebellion and a desire to break free form of the prevalent customs and norms of the society. This rebellion is not only against the social scene but also the ongoing political scenario during those. Perhaps this was the reason why the rock scene was perceived as a medium to divert youth and encourage non cooperation and disobedience of the prevalent societal norms. This form of music is also associated with the rising awareness of gender bias prompting equality. This was a major source of ideas especially for the world of fashion and cinema where one could clearly see the outright influence of the rock revolution.
Rock culture in the new millennium:
Coming to the new millennium, it is a term that encompasses a lot more than the traditional form of this type of music. In fact, it is used for all genres of music which are even remotely influenced by the rock movement. Popular additions are as follows:
>> Contemporary heavy metal, metal core and retro metal
>> Garage rock/post-punk revival
>> Digital electronic rock
The world famous contributors to this culture are Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix to name a few. Beatles, Eagles, Rolling stones and the Beach boys are the bands that stormed music scenario and were almost a cult movement during their hay days. Even today, very few rock bands or solo artists can claim even half the popularity that those group or solo performers had.