WorldCat Identities

Macan, Edward 1961-

Overview
Works: 9 works in 37 publications in 2 languages and 1,257 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: ML3534, 781.66
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Edward Macan
Rocking the classics : English progressive rock and the counterculture by Edward Macan( )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few styles of popular music have generated as much controversy as progressive rock, a musical genre best remembered today for its gargantuan stage shows, its fascination with epic subject matter drawn from science fiction, mythology, and fantasy literature, and above all for its attempts to combine classical music's sense of space and momumental scope with rock's raw power and energy. Its dazzling virtuosity and spectacular live concerts made it hugely popular with fans during the 1970s, who saw bands such as King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull bring a new level of depth and sophistication to rock. On the other hand, critics branded the elaborate concerts of these bands as self- indulgent and materialistic. They viewed progressive rock's classical/rock fusion attempts as elitist, a betrayal of rock's populist origins. In 'Rocking the Classics', the first comprehensive study of progressive rock history, Edward Macan draws together cultural theory, musicology, and music criticism, illuminating how progressive rock served as a vital expression of the counterculture of the late 1960s and 1970s. Beginning with a description of the cultural conditions which gave birth to the progressive rock style, he examines how the hippies' fondness for hallucinogens, their contempt for Establishment-approved pop music, and their fascination with the music, art, and literature of high culture contributed to this exciting new genre. Covering a decade of music, Macan traces progessive rock's development from the mid- to late-sixties, when psychedelic bands such as the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, the Nice, and Pink Floyd laid the foundation of the progressive rock style, and proceeds to the emergence of the mature progressive rock style marked by the 1969 release of King Crimson's album In the Court of the Crimson King. This 'golden age' reached its artistic and commerical zenith between 1970 and 1975 in the music of bands such as Jethro Tull, Yes, Genesis, ELP, Gentle Giant, Van der Graaf Generator, and Curved Air. In turn, Macan explores the conventions that govern progressive rock, including the visual dimensions of album cover art and concerts, lyrics and conceptual themes, and the importance of combining music, visual motif, and verbal expression to convey a coherent artistic vision. He examines the cultural history of progressive rock, considering its roots in a bohemian English subculture and its meteoric rise in popularity among a legion of fans in North America and continental Europe. Finally, he addresses issues of critical reception, arguing that the critics' largely negative reaction to progressive rock says far more about their own ambivalence to the legacy of the counterculture than it does about the music itself. An exciting tour through an era of extravagant, mind-bending, and culturally explosive music, Rocking the Classics sheds new light on the largely misunderstood genre of progressive rock
Endless enigma : a musical biography of Emerson, Lake and Palmer by Edward Macan( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Includes a biography of the progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer; a critical survey of the band's musical output and band members' other recordings; a complete discography, videography, and listing of live shows; and suggestions for further listening"--Provided by publisher
An analytical survey and comparative study of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, c. 1910-1935 by Edward L Macan( )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Triptych : a medieval altarpiece for marimba solo by Edward L Macan( )

1 edition published in 1992 and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English progressive rock and the counterculture by Edward Macan( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Progresywny urock by Edward Macan( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ed Macan's Hermetic Science by Edward Macan( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Triptych : for solo marimba by Edward Macan( )

1 edition published in 1992 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An analytical survey and comparative study of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Hobst : c. 1910-1935 by Edward Macan( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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English progressive rock and the counterculture
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Endless enigma : a musical biography of Emerson, Lake and PalmerEnglish progressive rock and the counterculture
Alternative Names
Macan, Edward L.

Macan, Edward L. 1961-

Languages
English (33)

Polish (1)