Title

Form and time in trout mask replica

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Abstract

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s Trout Mask Replica (1969) surely is one of the strangest rock albums ever released. The off-putting combination of harmonic dissonance, out-of-synch counterpoint, abrupt changes of texture, surreal lyrics, and an obstinate avoidance of many of rock’s standard style markers, coupled with the album’s sheer length (twenty-eight songs originally on two LPs), ensures that few people listen past the first few minutes.

Publication Name

The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches

First Page

315

Last Page

332

DOI

10.4324/9781315544700

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