Definitions

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  • adj. Before the advent of rock music.

Etymologies

pre- +‎ rock (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The ironies of Mr. McCartney recording an album of traditional, prerock numbers are numerous: If there was any one band that put the older generation of songwriters out of business, it was the Beatles.

    McCartney's 'Holiday' Voice

  • Although the latter has an old-fashioned verse that references the standard "Body and Soul," on the whole they don't unlike "When I'm 64" and "Honey Pie" specifically evoke the world of prerock standards.

    McCartney's 'Holiday' Voice

  • Yet he and Warren Carlyle, the choreographer, just as clearly revel in the richness of the knowing pastiche songs with which Mr. Sondheim evokes the popular music of the prerock era.

    Getting 'Follies' Right

  • Most of the essays that went into his books were originally published there, and many of the best of them are matchlessly vivid profiles of the artists whom he knew, including such giants of jazz and prerock pop as Jobim, Sinatra, Paul Desmond, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Peggy Lee and Johnny Mercer.

    A Kind of Poet

  • Professional orchestrators such as Messrs. Ramin and Ginzler were and are the unsung heroes of the classic Broadway musicals of the prerock era.

    Heard, but Not Seen

  • They stitched together elements of rock, classical, jazz, and prerock popular song, indulging in brazen studio trickery and dadaist humor, and they attracted enough attention with their releases-their first album was on clear vinyl in a transparent sleeve, and they sold their most radical effort, a sprawling LP-length collage called

    Chicago Reader

  • Bublé recalled how his grandfather, a plumber who gave him his love of the prerock songbook, used to trade work to get his grandson small gigs.

    The Seattle Times

  • * Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life,” the most popular song of the 1970s, owed its allegiance and success to a prerock aesthetic.

    Rapture Ready!

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