Higher Education

Rock and Roll: An Introduction, 2nd Edition

  • Michael Campbell Arizona State University
  • James Brody University of Colorado, Boulder
  • ISBN-10: 0534642950  |  ISBN-13: 9780534642952
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1999
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $116.25
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ROCK AND ROLL: AN INTRODUCTION, 2nd Edition has been completely reconceived and rewritten, to take advantage of online delivery of recorded music. The discussion in this edition is even more focused on rock as music and stresses perceptive listening. This in turn permits more extensive discussion of stylistic connections and contrasts and ways in which the music reflects and shapes society and culture. An extensive and representative play list of 115 rock-era songs is discussed.

Features and Benefits

  • An accessible opening chapter that defines and illustrates basic rock concepts and key terms.
  • Activities and features that encourage readers to go beyond course content. Each chapter ends with several "applying chapter concepts" activities; an after-word highlights important themes in rock at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • A "heritage" 2-CD set that includes not only 27 excerpts of pre-rock music, but also a decided majority of the musical examples discussed in the first half of the book.
  • Extensive book companion website, including active listening guides, a multimedia-enhanced glossary, links to chapter playlists on both iTunes and Rhapsody for those songs not included on the CD set, and clearly organized recommendations for further listening.

Table of Contents

Part 1: ROCK IS.
1. It's Only Rock and Roll.
2. Before Rock, An Evolutionary Perspective.
3. Before Rock, A Revolutionary Perspective.
4. Rhythm and Blues, 1951-1959.
5. Rock and Roll.
6. On the Roads to Rock: from Girl Groups and Garage Bands to Folk and Surf Music.
Part IV: ROCK: THE ROCK ERA, 1974-1976.
7. Rock Matters.
8: Black pop in the 1960s: Motown and Soul.
9: Rock.
10. San Francisco and the Diversity of Rock.
11. Rock as Art.
12. The Singer/Songwriters: Rock, Melody, and Meaning.
13. Black Popular Music in the early 1970s.
14. Mainstream Rock in the 1970s.
15. Views from the Outside: Reggae, Funk, and Disco.
16. Punk and Its Aftermath.
17. Pop since 1980.
18. Renewing Rock: Mainstream Rock Since 1980.
19: Alternatives.
20. Rock in the 21st Century: Issues and Opportunities.

What's New

  • An extensive and representative play list of 115 rock-era songs.
  • More detailed, yet non-technical, musical analyses of all the rock-era listening examples, including a list of key features.
  • A more comprehensive overview of rock's roots and antecedents, supported by 27 excerpts of pre-rock music.
  • More extensive discussion of the connection between rock music and its social and cultural context, smoothly integrated into the narrative.
  • A more richly developed historical perspective on the music of the rock era, with emphasis on evolutionary, revolutionary, and devolutionary trends, patterns of influence, and connections and contrasts between musical examples.
  • Far more extensive coverage of recent music: 34% of play list is music released since 1976; 10% since 1990.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + 2-CD Set

ISBN-10: 0495401838 | ISBN-13: 9780495401834

List Price = $258.95  | CengageBrain Price = $258.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $194.50

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  • Rock and Roll: An Introduction
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  • 2-CD Set
    List Price = $105.95  | CengageBrain Price = $105.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.25

Efficacy and Outcomes


"Campbell and Brody’s book is unique in its perceptive and engaging musical discussions, which bring this music to life and connect it to social issues. The authors’ analyses of examples transcend the cosmetic, superficial, and mundane: they offer detailed, clear guidance to help students hear the recordings in new ways."

— Rick Mook, Arizona State University

"I haven’t seen a rock and roll text more ably cover musical elements and rock instrumentation."

— Steve Davis, Kingwood College


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0534642969 | ISBN-13: 9780534642969)

An eBank Instructor's Manual written by text co-author James Brody will be available to instructors through the Academic Resource Center. The eBank Instructor's Manual will include lecture segments and test questions.

Student Supplements

2-CD Set  (ISBN-10: 0534642977 | ISBN-13: 9780534642976)

A "heritage" CD Set that includes not only 27 excerpts of pre-rock music, but also a decided majority of the musical examples discussed in the first half of the book.

List Price = $105.95  | CengageBrain Price = $105.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.25

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell is a writer and pianist. A California native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and holds a doctorate from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano with Leon Fleisher. As a commercial musician, he has assisted such artists as Angela Lansbury, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bob Hope, Redd Foxx, Ethel Merman, and Don McLean. As a concert pianist, he has performed a broad range of repertoire, including his own transcriptions of recordings by Art Tatum, Jelly Roll Morton, and other legendary jazz pianists. He also performs all of the piano selections included with this textbook.