Rock Music Imagination

Rock Music Imagination by Bob McParland has been published and is available.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 50 Year Quest: Music to Change the World

In celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the first CSN&Y album and Woodstock. Published May 28, 2019.

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Finding God in the Devil's Music

A collection edited by Bob McParland with Alex Di Blasi with essays on rock and religion by a variety of musicologists and religious studies scholars.

 

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Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books

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Rowman and Littlefield

Bob McParland's Bestseller is published by Rowman and Littlefield. 


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Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology and the Imagination 1967-1982

Science Fiction in Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology, and the Imagination 1967-1982 takes a look at how rock music has employed images and sounds, myths and stories, from science fiction. Artists discussed include David Bowie, Pink Floyd, ELO, Rush, Jefferson Starship, Blue Oyster Cult, Alan Parsons Project, Iron Maiden, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Moody Blues, Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix. The book explores rock fan culture, archetypes, adventure, science fiction, mythology, popular culture, and the forgotten language of dreams.  

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Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music

Myth and Magic in Heavy Metal Music investigates the wide range of uses of myth by heavy metal bands. This book explores creativity as it takes the form of the loud, the heroic, the legendary, and draws inspiration from ancient mythologies. Power, noise, and rebellion are linked with myth across dozens of bands, including Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, speed metal, death metal, and metal precursors Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

 

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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

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Finding Fogerty

Fogerty_0739174835_cropped.jpgFinding Fogerty - Interdisciplinary Essays on John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival is edited by Tom Kitts and includes the essay by Bob McParland, "Down to the River: Blues and the Common Man in John Fogerty's Imagined Southern Gothic."    

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Also available through Rowman and Littlefield Publishing.


Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul

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Do You Believe In Rock and Roll?

"A Generation Lost In Space" appears in Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?- Essays on Don McLean's American Pie.  (Published September 2012.)

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This book is also available at  www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2-php?id=978-0-7864-7105-8