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Specifically, I would like to introduce you to the wonder of the world that is Piero Scaruffi. We can start with his writings on music, since that seems to be what he is known for. He also gives genre-specific rankings for psychedelic music, Canterbury, glam-rock, punk-rock, dream-pop, triphop, jungle … 32 genres in all.

So who is this guy, a music critic? Take literature, for example. Here you go. Right here. Got those too. Naturally, Mr. Does this guy just like sit inside and read and write 24 hours a day? His works encompass everything that was known and a lot of what was still unknown. He virtually invented every single genre of rock, electronic and world music. Tobin warps the distinctive tone of an instrument to produce a new kind of instrument, and then weaves a few of them a bee-like violin, a distorted bass, UFO-sounding flutes into an organic flow of sound.

It is, in fact, one of the most significant innovations since Beethoven added a choir to a symphony. He said he was hiking and saw the chipmunk so he took a picture. Suffice it to stay I have a different thinking style.

The Beatles sold a lot of records not because they were the greatest musicians but simply because their music was easy to sell to the masses: it had no difficult content, it had no technical innovations, it had no creative depth.

They wrote a bunch of catchy 3-minute ditties and they were photogenic…. While the Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa, the Doors, Pink Floyd and many others were composing long and daring suites worthy of avantgarde music, thus elevating rock music to art, the Beatles continued to yield three-minute songs built around a chorus. In broad strokes, I agree with Scaruffi about the Beatles. Uh, no. I checked the last. When I check the same week the previous year , the Beatles were 20th most-listened.

The year before that? In , the earliest year I can check? A Day in the Life. Nowhere Man. Happiness is a Warm Gun. Eleanor Rigby. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Lots more. Sure, other artists of the time were more progressive and experimental. Pepper , but some artists were more influenced by the Beatles than by Brian Wilson.

We have quotes from many other musicians of the time. Most rock critics are journalists. Their job is to write entertaining pieces about music in the popular discussion. I want to learn about and experience an evolving intellectual art form. I want to learn about new musical ideas, new fusions, new timbres.

Scaruffi is primarily an intellectual historian. Nearly all musical biographies and histories are about the lives of musicians, which of their tracks hit the charts, which albums sold the most, etc.

What innovations has it produced? What should we listen to? Scaruffi mostly ignores lyrics, too. He has profiles for just about any artist you can name, except for brand new artists. Can you understand what he writes about albums and artists? Do you think his favourite rock album, Trout Mask Replica is truly one of the greatest albums of all time?

Lists like these make me wonder whether Scaruffi has actually listened to jazz at all, other than the albums he writes about in detail.

Thus each solo appeared to be unique in nature, not the repetition of a distinctive pattern. The polyrhythmic essence of his playing was emphasized by the detours of his rhythm section, but made possible by his melodies, that toyed with beats and with the space between beats. Parker was an oxymoron of sorts: the player of a melodic instrument who indirectly focused on rhythm.

His music was revolutionary because it was based on discontinuity instead of harmonious flow. His phrasing sounded hysterical and contradictory. His playing did obey a meta-rule, though: emotion.

Whatever he was doing with the saxophone, he was trying to secrete as much emotion as possible. Scaruffi web page is a good data base about rock music, but has many erroneous historical data type and inconsistencies in the qualifications of the albums. For example, speaking ill of the Beatles and The Kinks good, but the average rating of the albums of both is the same.

It lacks clear criteria for rating the albums. So, its rating system is incomplete. Regarding a more obscure band with similar scoring, he will likely speak nothing but praise for them because they are otherwise unknown. I wanted to comment regarding a post on your Listology account.

The Beatles could even be described as one of the groups which first made intellectuals take rock music seriously. Brian Wilson, lead singer of the Beach Boys, once said that Rubber Soul was more coherent than any album that came before. The year Sgt. But brilliance does not necessarily make someone infallible or scholarly. I have the feeling that Scaruffi has, at least a few times before writing certain content on his website, either done one or both.

Neither should be present in a professional critic. But most professional critics have agendas and often play fast and loose with the facts. I agree with Scaruffi that the Beatles produced mostly pop songs-Revolution 9 being a notable exception- but the idea that rock music to be for something other than dancing originated several years before Soft Machine 3rd, much as I love Soft Machine.

And the Beatles did some fine, new work between Revolver and Abbey Road. But almost every innovation the Beatles did could be traced to earlier sources. There are so many books that discusses The Beatles innovations in the rock music world. You ask rock musicians who is the greatest or most influential rock act they will most likely say The Beatles first.

For example The Beatles were one of first rock acts who were seriously discussed by classical musicians or critics. It is easy to say that most of their competition like most everything everywhere is junk.

More important, their superiority is consistent: each of the songs from their last three albums is memorable. The best of these memorable tunes—and the best is a large percentage Here, There and Everywhere, Good Day Sunshine, Michelle, Norwegian Wood —compare with those by composers from great eras of song: Monteverdi, Schumann, Poulenc.

However, The Beatles were progressive musically to have influence the majority of early progressive rock acts. Brian Wilson was obsessed with The Beatles. The dark lyrical themes, chamber style orchestration, lack of rock instruments with just vocal backings is almost entirely different genre of music in my opinion.

While The Rolling Stones or The Who were writing teen agnst songs The Beatles were signaling out polticians, drug dealers, hippie type songs, acid trips, religious topics and referencing The Tibetan Book of Dead in I have not attempted to argue that he is wrong to dislike them; although I do like them, I spend most of my time listening to other people.

He is not. Beatles can be overstated, but that they are irrelevant is more than offensive. From this reason my doubt in his opinion are dubious. Good God, that sounds like the sort of jejune drivel I used to say to my father when I was 15 years old and he moaned at me for constantly listening to Van der Graaf Generator.

His lyrics are really deep! My father was, quite rightly, unimpressed I still like Hammill though. Sounds like you just hollowed out, bub. He too says that John and Paul are the greatest song composers and that to say that John and Paul are among 2 of the greatest singers in rock and roll is to state the obvious,and that John,Paul and George were all excellent guitarists and that George is underrated by people not educated about music but that Eric Clapton knew better,he also says that both John and Paul played great leads as well as innovative rhythm tracks.

Tom Petty said he thought they were really really great. He also said that Sgt. Pepper is the greatest album he ever heard and The All Music Guide says in their Beach Boys biography,that Brian had a nervous breakdown after he heard it.

Brian also said that when he first heard The Beatles brilliant folk rock album Rubber Soul he was blown away by it. He also says that The Beatles used to have a radio show every Friday where they played live and spoke and he would never miss an episode. He said infact whoever has the rights to those shows should dig them up,because they are incredible.

He says they began to move away from the standard 3 chord thing and just went into more interesting structures. He said that for everybody just starting to write songs as he was,it was a real turn on and eye opener. The early Beatles lyrics were more simple but a lot of their early music was actually much more complex. Just one of many examples I always loved this very early John song written and recorded in Ask Me.


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Specifically, I would like to introduce you to the wonder of the world that is Piero Scaruffi. We can start with his writings on music, since that seems to be what he is known for. He also gives genre-specific rankings for psychedelic music, Canterbury, glam-rock, punk-rock, dream-pop, triphop, jungle … 32 genres in all. So who is this guy, a music critic? Take literature, for example.


History of Rock and Dance Music Vol. 2

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This history of rock music is not a history of the charts which I consider an aberration , but a history of the great ideas introduced by rock musicians over 50 years of relentless innovation, and the history of their greatest albums regardless of how many copies were sold. It ends up being more focused on "alternative" rock than on "mainstream" rock, simply because alternative musicians tend to be more innovative and sincere than mainstream musicians. In a sense, rediscovering "alternative" rock and giving it its dues is also a way to restore the reputation of rock music among the more sophisticated audiences.


Piero Scaruffi

Piero Scaruffi born 26 April is an Italian-American freelance software consultant, university lecturer [1] , and writer who maintains a website on which his reviews of music, film, and art are published. Since , Scaruffi has resided in Silicon Valley , California. Scaruffi's website, which covers a wide range of topics, was the subject of a article by Dan Morrell in The New York Times. He graduated from the University of Turin in with a degree in Mathematics.

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