By David Walley

Teenage anxious Breakdown: song and Politics in the Post-Elvis period combines tune and cultural historical past and feedback to envision how rock and the rock way of life were merchandised first to a teenage viewers and finally to a global client society. famous, iconoclastic author/ critic David Walley examines the whole rock tradition and the way it has infused all facets of yank (and international) existence, from leisure to politics to educational schooling. In a sequence of what he describes as "word-jazz rock and roll improvisations and variations," Walley examines how grownup tradition has been "adolescent-ized" and what the ramifications are on our society.
Walley isn't really an uninvolved observer-his own tale and critiques are correct up entrance, the place they belong. recognized for being the 1st author to acknowledge the industrial genius of Frank Zappa (in the landmark e-book, No advertisement Potential, first released in 1972 and nonetheless in print today), Walley is superb to ascertain how commercialism has invaded rock tune, and in flip how this commercialism has invaded rock track, and in flip how this advertisement stepchild of rock has turn into a tradition unto itself. He tackles every little thing from the elevation of adlescent tradition to the mainstream; the fast-food economic system; the economic hijack of the counterculture stream; the "cool" aesthetic; the promoting of politicians; psychotropic medicines from LSD to Prozac; and masses, even more. alongside the way in which, he touches on a various diversity of figures. From Ma Rainey to Elvis, from Béla Bartók to Batman; from Timothy Leary to hurry Limbaugh; from The guy From U.N.C.L.E. to Understanding Media.

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