Listen to New Wave Rock!
Exploring a Musical Genre
by James E. Perone
September 2018, 218pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5968-7
$61, 51€, A88
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5969-4
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New Wave Rock has a variety of influences, including punk, disco, rock, and mod.

Students of pop music and pop culture as well as fans who have loved the music since it came into being will gain valuable insight into this genre of the 1970s and 1980s.

Listen to New Wave Rock!: Exploring a Musical Genre contains background on new wave music in general, with an overview and history of new wave rock in particular.

While the bulk of the book is devoted to analysis of 50 must-hear musical examples, which include artists, songs, and albums, the book also explores how this genre of the late 1970s and 1980s came into being, musical influences on the genre, and how the genre influenced later generations of artists. Additional chapters analyze the impact of new wave rock on American popular culture and the legacy of new wave music, including how the music is still used today in film and television soundtracks and in television commercials.

The combination of detailed examination of specific artists, songs, and albums and discussion of background, legacy, and impact distinguish this book from others on the subject and make it a vital reference and interesting read for both students and music aficionados.


  • Details 50 must-hear musical examples, including artists, songs, and albums
  • Traces the legacy of new wave rock through film, television, and television commercials from the 1980s to the present
  • Describes the musical materials of new wave rock that developed out of disco and punk rock
  • Covers both well-remembered artists (e.g., Blondie) and not so well-remembered artists that all had a major impact on popular culture in the 1970s and 1980s
James E. Perone, PhD, is Margaret Morgan Ramsey professor in music and associate dean of the faculty at the University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH. He is author of numerous Greenwood and Praeger titles, including The Words and Music of James Taylor, Smash Hits: The 100 Songs That Defined America, The Words and Music of Taylor Swift, and The Words and Music of Elvis Costello.


". . .written with authority, but succeeds at its goal of being accessible. It will be a useful addition to public and school library collections or other settings where a general introduction to new wave is desired."—ARBA, February 4, 2019

Exploring Musical Genres

Each book in this genre-and performance group-based collection provides the reader with background information on a specific musical genre, critical analyses of significant examples from the genre, and a discography and analysis of must-hear examples. Although written by scholars, the series is for the lay reader and general music fan.
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