Rock Music in American Popular Culture III: More Rock 'n' Roll Resources

Psychology Press, 1999 - : 337
Rock Music in American Popular Culture III: More Rock 'nRoll Resources explores the fascinating world of rock music and examines how this medium functions as an expression of cultural and social identity. This nostalgic guide explores the meanings and messages behind some of the most popular rock 'nroll songs that captured the American spirit, mirrored society, and reflected events in our history.

Arranged by themes, Rock Music in American Popular Culture III examines a variety of social and cultural topics with related songs, such as:
  • sex and censorship--Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel and Night Moves by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
  • holiday songs--RockinAround the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee and The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  • death--Leader of the Pack by The Shangri-Las and The Unknown Soldier by The Doors
  • foolish behavior--When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge and What Kind of Fool by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
  • jobs and the workplace--Don't Stand So Close to Me by The Police and Dirty Laundry by Don Henley
  • military involvements--Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrews Sisters and War by Edwin Starr
  • novelty recordings--The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley and Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic
  • letters and postal images--P. S. I Love You by The Beatles and Return to Sender by Elvis Presely

    In addition, a discography and a bibliography after each section give further examples of the themes and resources being discussed, as do extensive lists of print references at the end of the text.
 

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Child Performers
15
Christmas Songs
31
Death
39
Foolish Behavior
67
Honoring Excellence
89
Jobs and Workplaces
103
Novelty Recordings
117
Patriotism
125
Public Schools
179
Rock Songs
215
Scholarship
229
Social Commentary
241
Song Revivals
265
Tobacco
285
Western Images
305
Bibliography
311

Popular Music
145
Postal Images
165

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 (1999)

Wayne S. Haney, BME, MDiv is a history teacher at North Branch High School, proprietor of The Stamp 'n' Grounds coffee shop, and former Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Lapeer, Michigan.