The "American metaphysical circus" of Joseph Byrd’s United States of America

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Grateful Dead. Other songs, such as “The American Way of Love�? and “I Won’t Leave My Wooden Wife for You, Sugar,�? contain ironically pointed social commentary analogous to Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, a group that used the term “psychedelic�? only as an epithet of derision. More significantly, the United States of America’s musical ambitions-largely the vision of composer Joseph Byrd-suggest that the group was an isolated, homegrown predecessor of the “progressive�? or “art rock�? style that became prominent, chiefly among British bands, in the early 1970s.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgressive Rock Reconsidered
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781135710224
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2002 by Kevin Holm-Hudson.

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  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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