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Author McCarter, David Frank, author.
Title A spatial analysis of surf music : 1961-1966 / by David Frank McCarter.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.

 Electronic Book  G77 .Z95 2012 M33eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (ix, 83 pages) : illustrations, photographs, maps, some color.
Content Type text
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Thesis M.A. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 81-83).
Summary Surf music was an enormous part of Southern Californian culture from 1961-1966 and, in the broader sense, it was an integral part of American culture during that same time span. This new music style had two major forms: instrumental, and vocal. A major characteristic of the style was electric guitars with a "wet" sound created by using a Fender Reverb Unit to try to emulate the sound of waves. Song titles and lyrics generally revolved around surfing, having fun in the sun, and girls. Although the majority of the surf music that was produced came from Southern California, there were also bands playing surf music from such seemingly unlikely places as Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and even Minnesota. This thesis analyzes the spatial and temporal dynamics of this music genre at the national level during its peak years from 1962-1966. Using top chart favorites from radio stations across the country, a selection of ten hit songs that are definitive as surf music have been analyzed to understand how successful this form of music was in various parts of the country compared to other parts of the country. Also analyzed were dates and locations of vinyl record releases of surf music to understand the shift in popularity of surf music both temporally and spatially during the different years from 1962-1966. Interviews were also conducted with musicians that were, and still are, in the most popular surf bands.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on May 30, 2012).
Subject Cultural geography -- United States.
Surf music -- History and criticism.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Geography.
OCLC number 847714722