There Are Right Reasons and Wrong Reasons for Studying Rock

Rock music, the outlaw darling of postmodernist discussion that up to now has been the subject of largely non-musical scrutiny by sociologists, semiologists, and pop-culturists, is beginning to attract the attention of music researchers. A review of the programs at several recent college music conferences indicates that rock is finally working its way into the sensibilities and syllabi of music educators.

This is fine. This is great. However, a few recent events have led me to think