Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 - For the Record: Lexington Studies in Rock and Popular Music (Paperback)James Rovira (editor), David Boocker (author of contributions), Lisa Plummer Crafton (author of contributions), Rachel Feder (author of contributions), David S Hogsette (author of contributions), Nicole Lobdell (author of contributions), Ronald D Morrison (author of contributions), Douglas T Root (author of contributions), Lorenzo Sorbo (author of contributions), Gary L Tandy (author of contributions)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 198
Dimensions: 223 x 153 x 15 mm
It might seem odd to bring the Romanticism of the 19th century together with the rock music of the 20th and 21st centuries. However, with this book Rovira (Mississippi College) shows that there is a valid connection. In dealing with rock, the contributors (most of whom are, like the editor, English scholars) focus primarily on lyrics rather than the music itself. The contributors do not superimpose their concepts of Romanticism onto song lyrics; rather, they show that song lyricists from Bob Dylan and the Beatles to U2 have had demonstrable connections to Romantic poets such as Blake and Wordsworth and to the thinking of the Romantic era. In exploring such connections, the essayists delve into the sociocultural background of the earlier time and the present. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.--CHOICE
A deft examination of the varieties of Romanticism and their incarnations in rock music, as wide-ranging and stimulating as the music and the literature it probes.--Robert Pattison, Long Island University, author of The Triumph of Vulgarity
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