Preface: London, 1965. A snapshot of the aesthetic.
A chapter on the early 70's, The Raspberries, Blue Ash, that sort of thing.
Then the sort of flowering in the late 70's. early 80's, organized by scene: NYC, Chicago, LA, Great Britain. Maybe a chapter on each, looking at a couple of bands, thinking through differences.
It looks to me like everyone had something perfect and effervescent in 79, but that by 81 something had changed radically. I'm working on that now. I'm trying hard not to blame the Thatcher/Reagan shift, but I keep coming back to that basic change in the zeitgeist. I'm always hesitant to ascribe certain artistic forms to certain political situations: as a postcolonial lit scholar, I see a lot of people do that, and I know sometimes it's just sloppy work. But in this case it might be true. I'm also willing to entertain the idea that MTV had something to do with it.
I'm thinking a postscript on the alternative pop scene of the mid 90's as well.
What do you think?
(I've also been fascinated with the burgeoning gay-conservative-shill-who-just-happens-to-be-a-hooker scandal, and have taken on organizing duties for EschaCon. So a full plate.)