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Title: Rock and the written word : essays on popular music, literature, language, and cultural history
Author: Warner, Simon
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 5708
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis gathers work on a number of popular music-related areas but with connecting themes and threads. The relationship of the Beat Generation writers of the 1950s to the popular music culture that followed is explored and the connections that were forged between that gathering of anti-establishment novelist and poets and the counterculture that would take shape in the 1960s are investigated. Chapters reflecting on Beat activity and its association with the rise of rock'n'roll, the emergence of the Beatles and its continuing impression on performers from . the post-Sixties period are included. The impact on the rock underground, in part a legacy of the Beat influence, are further addressed in sections on the Summer of Love of 1967 and the Wood stock Festival. But there is also an over-riding theme that makes links between the power of language and the expressions of popular music's artists and groups. Whether we are reflecting on the influence of literature on music-makers, the power of the lyric, or the very words that are utilised to describe or critique popular music, the role of language is often central. This thesis explores that inter-section from a range of angles.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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