Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Ralph Chandler

Second Advisor

Rebecca Janson


This is my ode to the curse of loving rock 'n' roll. The curse of always having to defend my love of power chords and high-energy bass lines. The curse of trying to describe to people the distinction my mind makes between Pearl Jam and Aerosmith, Ani DiFranco and Jewel. The curse of looking at someone as I explain how important rock 'n' roll is to me, and seeing they don't understand a word. I have devoted the last six years of my life to listening, understanding, learning about rock music, and I do not consider that time wasted. I offer this thesis as proof. When I began, I thought I was singular, and that I would find ideas for this paper only in my experiences. I have since discovered I am not a crowd of one, though I started this journey on the power of my own emotions.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access