Manuella Rebotini

Totemic Drums A Short History of Rock Music and Some Psychoanalytic Considerations Publication date : April 26, 2013

Manuella Rebotini is a psychoanalyst.

Blues, country music, rock and roll: in their own way these musical genres recount the popular history of contemporary America. And when a psychoanalyst explores the history of rock music the result is entirely unexpected.
Ever since its beginnings, rock music has been a fountainhead of diverse clinical observations covering social and political issues. The study of rock music and its development enable us to tap into the workings of mass phenomena, adolescent issues, fanaticism, religion and addiction.
By tracing the trajectory of twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, and by delving into its origins, this history of rock music shows how our society functions and reveals its inverted values.
Rhythm, sounds, lyrics, fetish terms, works, famous and star-crossed heroes, attitude, appearance: a psychoanalyst investigates the dark side of American music.

• A history of popular American music, from a psychoanalytical point of view.
• A treasure trove of musical references which will fascinate all rock-music fans.
• For more enlightened listening pleasure of your favourite vinyl records.