Lecture: Rock in the 70's
Well, it was inevitable . . .
The hippies got older
went back to school
Hey, I didn't say the clothes got any better!!
The WE philosophy became the ME philosophy
Rock music splintered into many different sub-genres, like . . .
and commercial popular music made more than ever!
So, here is a very short intro on each:
The Beatles, by virtue of their incredible popularity, were able to experiment with sounds and form.
Progressive Rock artists experimented with fusing rock music with classical music
Classical music is also called Art Music or Serious Music. Therefore, this fusion is also called Art Rock.
So, (are you ready for the math??) . . .
Art Music + Rock = Art Rock
How did they do it?
Sometimes they took a classical piece and Rocked it!
For example, this song by Procol Harem is based on another piece by Bach
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" listen
"Air on a G String" (J.S. Bach) listen
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Here's another example: Listen to the Aaron Copland piece first and then listen to the ELP version
"Fanfare for the Common Man" (Aaron Copland) listen
"Fanfare for the Common Man" (ELP) listen
Listen to these Progressive Rock bands for other experimental devices
The Moody Blues
"Nights in White Satin" listen
"The Court of the Crimson King" listen
Pink Floyd's The Wall album (1979) is tied for 3rd place in the top 10 best-selling albums in U.S. history
It sold a whopping 23 million albums!$
and our own
because he's the only American in that list!
Zappa liked to listen to weird stuff, like John Cage
"Sonata V" watch
and Igor Stravinsky
from Rite of Spring watch
You don't have to listen to the whole thing - skip around to hear different parts
SO . . . Zappa took a popular song by Iron Butterfly (just the riff actually)
"In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida" (Iron Butterfly) listen
and juxtaposed some of this contemporary classical style for his own take on Progressive Rock
(notice the title)
"Stairway to Heaven" listen
Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV album (1971) is tied for 3rd place in the top 10 best-selling albums in U.S. history
It also sold 23 million albums!$
"Iron Man" listen
"Piano Man" listen
"I Feel the Earth Move" listen
Carol King had been a songwriter in the 60's. She co-wrote "Locomotion" sung by Little Eva
"Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown" listen
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" listen
Kool and the Gang
"Play that Funky Music, White Boy" listen
"Disco Inferno" listen
Sometimes also called "Gender Benders"
"Crocodile Rock" listen
"Life on Mars" listen
"Psycho Killer" listen
"Anarchy in the U.K." listen
"God Save the Queen" listen
and let's don't forget
The Eagles' album, (Their Greatest Hits), released in 1976 is the
2nd best selling album
in United States history,
It was THE top selling album until
Michael Jackson's death when Thriller took over the top spot.
The Popular Music market has become very fragmented by this time, but there remains a huge market out there.
And this is before MTV, CDs, IPods . . .
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