It’s not only Rock & Roll, babe!
The studies of the different forms of rock music are little by little becoming established in university degree programmes. And these publications are coming thick and fast at a vertiginous rate. But few of them take as a starting point the musicological angle in order to understand this music intrinsically, before contextualising it in its era. A gap which could not remain indefinitely.
A panoramic methodology
In roaming over the pages of this volume, which has an impressive density (it runs to over 700 pages), its long gestation period is quickly understood. The author takes musicology as a starting point, as such a book simply doesn’t exist. ‘Everyone agrees that rock is music,’ observes Christophe Pirenne, ‘but when you go through the literature on the subject you discover books essentially within the fields of sociology, biography and technological developments, but very few people talk about rock as music. I also wanted to demonstrate that even if the work exists in itself I am not naïve to such a point as to believe that despite their undoubted gifts Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain and Kanye West were living on an island. If they made their music it is because they had such a technology, it is because they came from such an environment, and it is because they lived during such an era.’