Working Class Heroes: Rock Music And British Society In The 1960s And 1970s
Working Class Heroes: Rock Music and British Society in the 1960s and 1970s
In Working Class Heroes, David Simonelli explores the influence of rock and roll on British society in the 1960s and '70s. At a time when social distinctions were becoming harder to measure, rock musicians appeared to embody the mythical qualities of the idealized working class by perpetuating the image of rebellious, irreverent, and authentic musicians.
Too often the history of rock music is written for fans, and the result is that such accounts tend to be chatty and superficial. In contrast, this book contextualizes British rock in a wider context, at a pivotal moment in postwar British history. Working Class Heroes is a thoroughly enjoyable, clearly written, and nicely researched account of British rock, which situated it within a larger narrative of British social and cultural transformation, while at the same time discussing a transatlantic context, which is an absolutely indispensable dimension of any history of rock during this period. (Dennis Dworkin, University of Nevada, Reno)
Working Class Heroes takes an interesting direction, looking at the disintegration of the British class structure through the prism of rock and roll....