Academic journal article Notes

Rock Music Studies

Academic journal article Notes

Rock Music Studies

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Rock Music Studies. Edited by Thomas M. Kitts and Gary Burns. Rout- ledge. Published 3 times a year. Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2014). ISSN 1940-1159 (Print); 1940-1167 (Online). Print and electronic format. Subscriptions or inquiries: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rrms20#.UwuBo_ldXms $285 online subscription, $326 online and print subscription.

Rock Music Studies aims to address the ab- sence of a platform for rock music scholar- ship, while seeking not to duplicate efforts of journals like Popular Music and Society. The introductory article states the journal's intention to "define 'rock,' to critique it, and yet to defend it," for "an interdiscipli- nary public and academic readership." The scope of articles in the inaugural issue is comprehensive, treating subjects as varied as the etymology of the term "heavy metal," a Lou Reed retrospective, a discussion of Bob Dylan's early work, and an interview with Mark Volman, formerly of the Turtles (of "So Happy Together" fame), a collabo- rator with Frank Zappa, and an expert on the music business. However, there is a de- cided emphasis on rock music from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Articles range in length from quite brief to dozens of pages; a common thread among them is their shared concern with challenging the body of standard narratives and assumptions accepted as the "history" of rock music. In particular, the article on the origins of "heavy metal" parses fact from persistent legend and pseudo- knowledge.

Along with historiography, much of this issue's content emphasizes textual criticism and viewing rock music and musicians in their proper social, artistic, and economic context, reflecting the prevailing academic disciplines of the principal editors and contributors - namely, literary- and communications-based fields. …

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