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Book Report The Art of Rock and RollThe book The Art of Rock and Roll by Charles T Brown basically proposesmethods for analyzing music and anyone who reads the books should be able to developtechniques for listening to music and making legitimate statements about it It treats rockand roll as a serious art form and traces it cultural roots throughout the bookChapter one discusses the elements of rock and makes four assumptions Assumption one states that rock is a legitimate art form An art form is defined as acreative act that springs from the artists experience as it reflects or reacts against society It then states that acculturation a process by which a certain people are influenced by aforeign culture changed the Afro-Americans from their original culture to one that was amixture of US influences and African roots which played a large part in the way rock androll sounds today Brown proves rock is a legitimate art form by talking about itsaudience and its lasting power Assumption two states that rocks roots are in folk jazz and pop music Musicians who first started rock and roll must have had something to base their music onwhich turned out to be primarily folk jazz and pop They simple changed the pattern andstyle of that music and started forming rock Assumption three states that it is just as valid to study rock and roll as Europeanclassical music Rock will prove to be a valid means of producing competent musiciansand that it demands the same type of performance as in any musical form Since it is avalid way in which to study music in general it is just as valid to start with rock as startinganywhere else Assumption four states that simple musical analysis of selected compositions is aprimary tool for understanding musical evolution Through musical analysis we are able togeneralize and say that rock from a certain era has common characteristics By doing thiswe are able to
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