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Rockin' the Classics and Classicizin' the Rock

A Selectively Annotated Discography

by Duxbury

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April 1985

Greenwood

Pages 188
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts

Duxbury attempts to document the connections between the rock and classical music genres by listing recorded examples of rock instrumentals and songs that borrow from the classics, and orchestral versions of songs originally composed and/or recorded by rock musicians. . . . There are appendices of `selective' lists: big-band versions of the classics, etc. The general index includes the names of classical composers, rock groups and artists, orchestras, choruses, conductors, producers, and song titles. . . . The selective nature of the work might make it less appropriate for scholars, but it will interest and amuse fans and general readers. Recommended for collections specializing in popular music. Choice

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Duxbury attempts to document the connections between the rock and classical music genres by listing recorded examples of rock instrumentals and songs that borrow from the classics, and orchestral versions of songs originally composed and/or recorded by rock musicians. ... There are appendices of `selective' lists: big-band versions of the classics, etc. The general index includes the names of classical composers, rock groups and artists, orchestras, choruses, conductors, producers, and song titles. ... The selective nature of the work might make it less appropriate for scholars, but it will interest and amuse fans and general readers. Recommended for collections specializing in popular music.—Choice

This annotated discography proposes to show the pervasive influence of the classics on rock music. Part I, `Rockin' the Classics,' reveals how rock music has borrowed themes from classical music. Part II, `Classicizin' the Rock,' details classical versions of rock music. Part III, `Other Connections Between Rock and the Classics,' highlights the interplay between the classics and rock. An accurate Index gives name and title access to the 898 numbered entries. This work will be of value in music libraries.—Reference Books Bulletin

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