written by Dr. Andrew L Cope
Deeper and Down:
The Music of Status Quo 1970-76
is in progress and expected to be finished by June 2017. Below is the book's provisional jacket blurb which provides a summary of the purpose and contents of the book.
'Status Quo were one of the most successful, influential and innovative bands of the 1970s and yet they remain highly underrated and misunderstood by all but their most loyal of fans. Deeper and Down: The Music of Status Quo 1970-76 attempts to make sense of that dichotomy through a study of the band's early recordings and live performances. The author combines a witty, easy and infectious style of writing with academic depth and rigour to champion Status Quo as a serious, artistic and creative force of the 1970s rock scene.
About me, Dr. Andrew L Cope
I am a musicologist with a special interest in popular music, especially rock and metal. I have a very detailed knowledge of music theory, the history of classical music and the history of popular music. I am also a highly accomplished performer on both the electric guitar andclassical guitar. Combining those elements with a working knowledge of rock, pop and metal enables me to understand and contextualise rock, pop and metal forms in a special way. My musicology, therefore, is all about deconstructing the elements of rock and metal to further understand and appreciate the value of those musical entities. My experience as a highly successful teacher and music educator has enabled me to share my research findings in a clear, enlightening and interesting way.
My PhD was undertaken at the University of Salford, UK under the guidance of Professor Sheila Whiteley. My research project was to (a) discover the musical elements that identify heavy metal, (b) position Black Sabbath as the originators of heavy metal, (c) understand the ways in which Birmingham UK influenced the emergence of heavy metal, (d) identify the salient features of rock through the music of Led Zeppelin (e) show that Black Sabbath/Heavy metal and Led Zeppelin/hard rock were dichotomous forms of popular music, (f) understand the role of women in rock and metal and (g) examine the influence of Black Sabbath on subsequent developments of heavy metal as it found form as genre in its own right. My thesis, 'And From the Dawn of the Sabbath Metal Was Born' became the basis of my book 'Black Sabbath and the Rise of Heavy Metal Music.
I am currently researching the music and innovations of Status Quo 1970-76 for my next publication. In particular, I am tackling the common misconceptions of the band as a simple, three chord boogie band by demonstrating the huge variety of techniques, styling and innovation found in their early rock compositions.