This post got me wondering: “Rock Book: Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop” (I’d link to it, but it’s near-impossible on an iPhone).
So, if you drew a Venn diagram of Rock and Pop, would Rock be a smaller circle entirely enclosed within a larger circle of Pop, or would the two be overlapping circles?
My first thought would be that they are overlapping. Rock and Pop are similar in the sense that they both usually are songs of a few minutes each, consisting of a few verses, repeating chorus and sometimes a bridge. But I think of Pop to be “softer”, more hook-heavy and generally more facile and accessible (it’s short for “popular” after all), whereas Rock is harder-edged and not necessarily trying to appeal to the widest, lowest-common-denominator audience. I don’t think Punk Rock or Death Metal could be considered Pop. I think early Beatles fit in the Pop category but not The White Album, or anything by Led Zeppelin. Or could it? It was certainly “popular”.
So what do you think- Rock as a subset of all Pop, or overlapping entities?