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Pocket symphony

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A visual representation of the structure to "Good Vibrations" (1966). It shows how the song develops without the guidance of overdetermined formal patterns.[1]

A pocket symphony is a song with extended form.[2] The term was popularized by English journalist Derek Taylor, who used it to describe the Beach Boys' 1966 single "Good Vibrations".[3][4] (The description of a "pocket" symphony had appeared in print since as early as 1928.[5])


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  1. ^ Harrison, Daniel (1997). "After Sundown: The Beach Boys' Experimental Music" (PDF). In Covach, John; Boone, Graeme M. (eds.). Understanding Rock: Essays in Musical Analysis. Oxford University Press. pp. 33–57. ISBN 9780199880126.
  2. ^ Roberts, Jim; Rooksby, Rikky (2003). The Songwriting Sourcebook: How to Turn Chords Into Great Songs. Hal Leonard. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-61780-033-7.
  3. ^ Stebbins, Jon (2011). The Beach Boys FAQ: All That's Left to Know About America's Band. Backbeat Books. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-4584-2914-8.
  4. ^ MacLeod, Sean (2015). Leaders of the Pack: Girl Groups of the 1960s and Their Influence on Popular Culture in Britain and America. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-4422-5202-8.
  5. ^ "Modern Music: A Quarterly Review". 1928. p. 30. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  6. ^ Edgers, Geoff (May 16, 2017). "'Sgt. Pepper': Getting better all the time". Press of Atlantic City.
  7. ^ Paytress, Mark (November 5, 2009). Bolan: The Rise And Fall Of A 20th Century Superstar. Omnibus Press. pp. 328–. ISBN 978-0-85712-023-6.
  8. ^ Hultkrans, Andrew (May 2009). "Reissues". SPIN. p. 95. ISSN 0886-3032.
  9. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames (2009). Paul McCartney: A Life. Simon and Schuster. p. 234. ISBN 978-1-4165-6223-8.
  10. ^ Kot, Greg (August 24, 2015). "The strangest rock classic ever?". BBC.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  11. ^ Danielsen, Aarik (June 6, 2018). "'Computer' science: Tribute concert prompts return to Radiohead classic". Columbia Daily Tribune.
  12. ^ Watnick, David (June 8, 2008). "Red Album isn't great, but Weezer reclaims dignity". The Michigan Daily.
  13. ^ Nettel, Reginald (1976). Havergal Brian and his music. Dobson. p. 156. ISBN 9780234778616.
  14. ^ Hurwitz, David (2005). Getting the Most Out of Mozart: The Instrumental Works. Amadeus Press. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-57467-096-7.