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date: 20 November 2019

Classic rocklocked

  • Mickey Vallee

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An American radio station format that emerged in the 1980s and prominently features album-oriented rock from the 1960s into the 1980s, with particular emphasis on music from the 1970s. Originally known as timeless rock, classic rock can be identified by several stylistic features: an ensemble of guitars, electric bass, drums, vocals, and sometimes keyboards; romanticist lyrics obsessed with various fantasies regarding freedom (for example, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” [Freebird, MCA, 1974] and Fleetwood Mac’s “Go your own way” [Rumors, Warner Bros., 1977]); anthemic and memorable choruses, including epic dramatic musical climaxes (Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” [Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 1971]); and a predominantly white masculine heterosexual perspective in regards to politics, interpersonal relationships, and the sovereignty of the individual, although some songs, such as the Kinks’ “Lola” [Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, Pye, 1970] chronicle an encounter with a world unfamiliar to such a perspective....

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