A History of Rock and Dance Music

From the Guitar to the Laptop

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by Piero Scaruffi

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Table of Contents

Preface

  1. From Subculture to Counterculture (roughly 1951-1966)
    1. Background: The 20th Century
    2. Rock'n'Roll 1951-57
    3. Before the Flood 1957-1962
    4. Trouble in Paradise 1961-1964
    5. The Flood 1964-1965
    6. Paradise Reborn 1963-1965
    7. The Counterculture 1965-66
    8. Minimalism and Electronics
  2. The Classics (roughly 1966-1969)
    1. The Late 1960s: The Democratization of Politics
    2. Psychedelia 1965-68
    3. The Age of the Revivals 1966-69
    4. Solo Careers 1967-69
    5. Electronics and Rock 1968-70
    6. Progressive-rock 1968-72
    7. Canterbury 1968-73
    8. Kosmische Musik 1969-72
    9. Hard-rock 1969-73
  3. The Seventies (roughly 1970-75)
    1. The Early 1970s: A Crisis of Confidence
    2. Psychedelic Madness 1970-74
    3. Re-alignment 1970-74
    4. Singer-songwriters 1970-74
    5. Decadence 1969-76
    6. Sound 1973-78
    7. The Auteurs 1975-82
    8. Disco-music 1975-80
  4. Punk and New Wave (roughly 1976-88)
    1. The 1980s: The Last Gasps of the Cold War
    2. The New Wave
    3. Punk-rock
    4. The Blank Generation
    5. American Graffiti
    6. British Graffiti
    7. Dance Music for Punks
    8. Gothic Rock
    9. Industrial Music
    10. Hardcore
    11. College-pop
    12. The New Wave of Pop and Synth-pop
    13. Neo-progressive
    14. Noise-rock
    15. Psychedelic Underground and Dream-pop
    16. The Golden Age of Heavy Metal
    17. Singer-songwriters of the 1980s
    18. Cow-punks and Roots-rock of the 1980s
    19. DJs, Rappers, Ravers
    20. The New Age and World-music
    21. Shoegazing and Space-pop
    22. Extreme Hardcore
    23. Industrial-metal
    24. Punk Crossovers
    25. Between Acid-rock and Industrial Music
    26. Between Noise-rock and Post-rock
    27. From Computer Music to Collage
  5. The Indie Revolution (roughly 1989-1994)
    1. The Early 1990s: After the Cold War
    2. Female Rock
    3. Post-rock
    4. Noisier than Rock
    5. Progressive Sounds
    6. Psychedelic Songwriting
    7. Garage Music for the Generation X
    8. Lo-fi pop
    9. Between Individualism and Populism
    10. The Second Coming of Industrial Music
    11. Slo-core
    12. Dance-music in the Age of House
    13. Foxcore
    14. Brit and non-Brit pop
    15. Alt-pop
    16. Grunge
    17. The Golden Age of Hip-hop Music
    18. Roots-rock in the Age of Alt-country
    19. The Age of Emocore
    20. From Grindcore to Stoner-rock
    21. Gothic Rock
    22. Post-ambient Music
    23. Concrete Avantgarde
  6. The Cyber Age (roughly 1995-2001)
    1. The Late 1990s: Globalization
    2. Drum'n'Bass
    3. Trip-hop
    4. Post-post-rock
    5. Ambience
    6. Africa
    7. Glitch Music and Digital Minimalism
    8. Exuberance
    9. Transcendence
    10. Violence
    11. Confusion
    12. Depression
    13. Doom
    14. Hip-hop Music
    15. Digital Avantgarde
  7. The Digital Age (roughly 2001-08)
    1. The 2000s: Decade of Fear
    2. DJs and Rappers
    3. Bards and Dreamers
    4. Tunesmiths
    5. Populists
    6. Intellectuals
    7. Clubbers
    8. Rockers
    9. Trippers
  8. Appendix
    1. Appendix: Chronology of Events
    2. Appendix: Best rock albums
    3. Appendix: Best albums of the 1960s
    4. Appendix: Best albums of the early 1970s
    5. Appendix: Best albums of the 1980s
    6. Appendix: Best albums of the 1990s
    7. Appendix: Best albums of the 2000s
    8. Appendix: Highest scoring artists
    9. Alphabetical index
    10. Appendix: Chronology of the USA
    11. Appendix: Chronology of Britain
    12. Appendix: History of German rock
    13. Appendix: History of Japanese rock
    14. Appendix: History of Italian rock
    15. Appendix: History of French rock
    16. Appendix: History of Scandinavian rock
  9. Other genres

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