While driving on a long trip yesterday, I started thinking about how certain little stylistic trends have been born into popular music - or more realistically, how much I don’t know about where such things came from! I’ve done a ton of music reading, but most of it has been on the cultural/aesthetic critic side - you know, all the classic Lester Bangs/Greil Marcus type stuff. I’m looking for something that actually picks apart the main techniques, signature riffs or motifs, vocal styles, etc. throughout rock (and by extension, pop) history.
For example, an old Montrose song came on the radio with Sammy Hagar singing, and I started laughing and thinking about how terrible that whole style of singing is - just that wailing, Robert Plant-derived howl. Then I started thinking back to Robert Plant…where did that very particular style of “rock singing” come from? It’s now the norm for “hard rock vocals,” but where did Plant get it from? And so on. I’m looking for a book that picks apart those things.