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The Rebirth of Tragedy: Rock Music 1968-1972


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Writhing, screaming, howling, moaning, androgynous, chemically-altered youths cavorting to pulsating music. Does this describe the Woodstock concert or an ancient Dionysian festival? Friedrich Nietzsche's book The Birth of Tragedy will provide a key for interpreting Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison (and many others) in this intellectual analysis of the music of rock's golden age and the culture surrounding it.