The Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks, Making Records


"Albin Zak's "The Poetics of Rock is a brilliant and original study of how studio recordings of rock music have introduced an entirely new dimension of music composition. Bristling with acute insights and interpretations, this book should provide engaging reading for any serious student, scholar, or aficionado of rock, of composition, or of modern music culture in general."--Peter Manuel, author of "Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India

"In "The Poetics of Rock, Albin Zak offers an expert guide to how records are made, not only outlining in detail technical practices and procedures in a comprehensible way, but also thoughtfully engaging the myriad of aesthetic and musical issues that recording raises. This masterful study opens up important new areas of concern for rock and is a must-read for all scholars concerned with popular music and criticism."--John Covach, editor of "Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis

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