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The perfect mix of music and history

The #1 text and digital media package, What’s That Sound? helps students understand rock first and foremost as music, emphasizing concepts and listening skills. In addition, rich analysis of the forces that shaped this vibrant style help readers connect the music with its cultural and historical context. With the fifth edition, the media package for the most authoritative, comprehensive survey of rock is augmented by a NEW Spotify integrated ebook.

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John Covach (Professor of Music, University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music) received his Bachelor of Music (1983), Master of Music (1985), and PhD (1990) in music theory from the University of Michigan. He was also a Fulbright student in Vienna, Austria, in 1987–88. The recipient of several teaching awards and citations, Professor Covach teaches theory and analysis as well as courses in popular music. Since 1993, he has taught large lecture courses on rock at University of North Texas, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and University of Rochester, and has lectured across North America and Europe. He is coeditor of Understanding Rock (Oxford 1997), American Rock and the Classical Music Tradition (Harwood 2000), and Institutions, Traditions, and American Popular Music (Harwood 2000). His extensive writings on twentieth-century music, popular music, and the philosophy of music have appeared in numerous books and journals. Professor Covach also maintains an active career as a performing and recording musician.

Andy Flory (Carleton College), a Motown expert, assisted John Covach at UNC Chapel Hill in teaching one of the largest rock history courses in the world. Flory has witnessed the textbook’s development―from conception through two published editions―and he has taught rock history to several hundred students in large lecture halls, online sections, and small sections at Carleton. He brings to this edition close consultation with Covach, classroom experience, emerging professional credentials, and youthful vigor.

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Incomplete item
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
Considering how I purchased this fairly expensive brand new 5th edition copy of this text I was really disappointed to realize that it is missing the card with a registration code for access to digital resources. Is there anyway to access this that I don''t know about? Or... See more
Considering how I purchased this fairly expensive brand new 5th edition copy of this text I was really disappointed to realize that it is missing the card with a registration code for access to digital resources. Is there anyway to access this that I don''t know about? Or can this situation be remedied?
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Cierra Teichert
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Good condition, bad class
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
The book came in good condition, but the class! It was aweful, if you are taking a class at uvu that requires this book either you better love the ancient history of music something fierce, or get out.
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The first GOOD Textbook I''ve used
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
This textbook is beyond enjoyable. It is very complete and informative and takes you through the ages of the evolution of music from its beginnings all through today. The adventure from the starts of bluegrass, jazz, and do-wop, all the way to heavy metal, progressive metal... See more
This textbook is beyond enjoyable. It is very complete and informative and takes you through the ages of the evolution of music from its beginnings all through today. The adventure from the starts of bluegrass, jazz, and do-wop, all the way to heavy metal, progressive metal and more are a blast. You won''t regret purchasing this book if you need to for a class.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2021
I bought the ebook for my daughters class and there is no way to access it! And there is no way yo contact anyone! HELP
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Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
The book was received as described. Although a lot of the pages were already highlighted, that didn''t bother...it actually helped me lol. It was the exact book that I needed for my summer semester class.
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works perfectly with the class on the history of rock and roll
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2019
this text was ordered as requested by my professor for the class on the history of rock and roll. It has been very helpful for me because I have troubles taking notes in class and the book explains exactly what I need to know about music patterns and types of music used... See more
this text was ordered as requested by my professor for the class on the history of rock and roll. It has been very helpful for me because I have troubles taking notes in class and the book explains exactly what I need to know about music patterns and types of music used since the 1950''s.
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Cant adjust font in Kindle book
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
I bought the kindle edition because I am able to adjust the font on kindle books. Even with glasses I have a hard time reading. Unfortunately this is the only kindle book I''ve bought that doesn''t allow you to adjust the font. I''m struggling through the print addition, if... See more
I bought the kindle edition because I am able to adjust the font on kindle books. Even with glasses I have a hard time reading. Unfortunately this is the only kindle book I''ve bought that doesn''t allow you to adjust the font. I''m struggling through the print addition, if you need a larger font don''t buy this one.
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Cover arrived dirty
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
This book arrived dirty and the back cover has a cut/slice in it. Quite disappointed in the condition.
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Simon Omnes
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A superb volume for everyone who wants to know more about the 20th century music culture
Reviewed in Canada on April 12, 2021
In 2019 and 2020, I did extensive research on Michael Jackson’s work and life. And from these exhaustive studies, which explored serious topics about the production and history of Rock (ex: racism and exploitation black artists endured from music labels, radio stations, and...See more
In 2019 and 2020, I did extensive research on Michael Jackson’s work and life. And from these exhaustive studies, which explored serious topics about the production and history of Rock (ex: racism and exploitation black artists endured from music labels, radio stations, and other white artists), it motivated me to do on Coursera a series of courses on the rock culture of the 20th century. And among these courses were those from Mr. John Covach and Andrew Flory. With them, I learned the origins of Rock, Country, and R&B; alongside new artists I never knew. And thanks to these studies, it enriched my music library and knowledge of music icons I knew or discovered with my lessons. Alongside the context and mentality of music from the American side to the United Kingdom one. And for this course, it was essential to purchase this manual called What’s That Sound? An Introduction To Rock and Its History. Not only did it explored deeper the topics involved in the History of Rock courses, but they also presented exhaustive details about music terms and techniques. Including listening guides about the technicality of classics; exploring the form, the time signature, the instrumentation, and other details we discover while listening to the song. Among them, the difference between quadruple simple and quadruple compound meters; but also about the concept of bridge. Something that I never knew before, but which I now understand. Thanks to that, I can listen to songs and understand precisely their mechanics, functions, and strategies to captivate audiences. Now for the book’s content, its chapters progress according to the history of Rock. From the 1920s till today. And for each decade, we have analyses of the specific genres within those time periods. Where we explore their origins, historical circumstances, the artists involved and their famous works. And as the book is over 578 pages, expect amazing informations about our music culture and detailled historical backgrounds. For to understand music and songs, we must understand the time periods they were done. That way we can understand about the inequalities within the music industry and society. Such as the denunciation of the racism black artists endure as they have been ripped off by music labels and executives. Alongside all the racial hostilities, bigotry, and competitive spitefulness that certain audiences and artists have had toward certain music genres like disco, funk and soul overtaking several white artists’ successes; which offended certain medias, fandom cliques, and business men who found these new approaches dangerous for their form of music making and stage performances. So when I read all these details about this racist climate within the music industry; from the payola scandal to how the disco culture was demonised by some individuals, it confirmed what Michael Jackson spoke a lot in his speech in 2001; where he denounced the racist climate within the music industry and how black artists were exploited. Stuff that unfortunately some medias mocked off as a publicity stunt for his career. And regarding Michael Jackson, reading this book and learning from John Covach about the UK music culture and the British Invasion’s success in the 1960s and 1970s was helpful in understanding why the British medias have such hostility toward MJ. Not only due to the Beatles catalogue purchase, which was done in proper circumstances, but also because his success with Off The Wall and Thriller uncrowned the British Invasion music icons; which hurt some people’s egos and made them resent how this man’s solo career topped above them; especially with his amazing short films on MTV. So more than about music, this book is an important volume that denounces various injustices within the music industry, its medias, and the public. And how all these elements are behind the songs and genres we have had through history. Now for the book’s technical details, the text is printed at a very good size, with loads of images from musical or historical archives. Many images either printed in colour or in black and white. And for the text, several pieces are set in different sections. Presenting specific details about certain events or details. And as for its relevance, the book is updated at several editions. So the content is always enriched over the years. As for where you can purchase it, I got it on Amazon in a loose leaf edition. Very convenient to put in a binder if you want to study the course and want to replace your edition with a new one. So to conclude, whether or not you are doing John Covach’s History of Rock courses on Coursera or just someone who wants to enrich your music knowledge, this book is a must that will enrich your life, your music culture, and perspectives over society.
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