From Prog to Pop: Progressive Rock Elements in the Pop-Rock Music of Genesis, 1978-91
AuthorKoss, Michael Paul
AdvisorTraut, Donald G.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe intent of this dissertation is to examine the way Genesis retained progressive rock elements during its 1978-91 pop-rock period. Genesis began composing music in a pop-rock style in 1978, adapting to the changes in rock by incorporating progressive rock elements into a pop-rock style. This study analyzes thirty-four selected songs from six Genesis albums considered in the pop-rock genre, identifying some of the progressive rock elements in these songs. The project begins with a historical survey of Genesis, shedding light on the development of the band`s progressive style, its transition through personnel changes and in the music before and after the departure of Peter Gabriel, and the shift toward pop-rock beginning in 1978. A review of published literature and analyses addresses the progressive nature of Genesis. The progressive rock elements pertinent to this study are defined using scholarly literature and analyses of Genesis and other established progressive rock bands. Analytical charts that indicate form, harmony, and rhythm are used to examine the common progressive characteristics in each song addressed in this study.
Degree ProgramGraduate College