rock revolution of the mid-1960s was the most eventful time in the
history of popular music. At no time before or since did popular music
change so radically in such a short timespan. In his presentation, Michael Campbell explores two questions: Why rock was such a
revolutionary music, and why there hasn’t been another popular music
revolution since the 1960s. He will highlight the rapid maturation of
rock from teen music scorned by the establishment to a powerful and
expressive new musical style with a radically new esthetic, and he will
look back and forward to demonstrate how rock was evolutionary as well
as revolutionary, and how the evolutionary path that guided popular
music throughout most of the 20th century reached an end point by the
end of the century.
Campbell is a pianist, teacher, and writer. Before moving to Rhode
Island in 2003, he taught at Western Illinois University for 22 years.
He is the author three textbooks for general music courses. Among them
is Popular Music in America, the first text to offer a comprehensive
account of two centuries of popular music.
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