The classic album of the golden age of records was meant to be listened to as a whole – a unified statement. The effects of such a large composition is quite different from the hit parade of the ’40’s or the 45’s of the ’50’s. It has some of the qualities of elaborate forms of literature (the play, the lyric sequence). In our day the iPod and other technologies have returned us to the age of the single song. Here I discuss the Beatles’ Rubber Soul.
The Classic Record Album – 1965-1986 (Part I)
April 11, 2019 | Podcasts
by Blanford Parker
Blanford Parker received his B.A. from Cornell College, studied Classics and English at University of Iowa, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. He taught graduate and undergraduate students for thirty-two years at Harvard, NYU, CUNY Graduate Center, Claremont Graduate School, and Ave Maria University. He has written and published books, articles, screenplays, and poems.