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Rockumentary

noun; blending
A documentary (that is, a non-fictitious presentation) on a rock ’n’ roll group. Documentaries are factual presentations, often comprising of interviews and a running narrative throughout, and almost always on ‘serious’ topics such as medical advances, science, or on political and military themes. Rock ‘n’ roll is characterized by a following of people who probably wouldn’t spend a lot of time viewing or reading such documentaries – and people who use the word rock in excess: “Rock on!”, “This party rocks!”, etc. By coining this blend, documentaries based on rock ‘n’ roll or the groups comprising the genre immediately become more accessible and interesting to their fan followings, even though they are still simply documentaries. The simple addition of the word rock simultaneously limits the scope of documentaries to solely rock, and adds a semblance of ‘coolness’ which increases visibility and interest.
 
This Is Spinal Tap: A Rockumentary by Martin DiBergi
Etymology : rock x (doc)umentary. Rock ‘(to dance to) a specific style of popular music,’ from late Old English roccian, related to Old Norse rykkja ‘to pull, tear, move,’ Swedish rycka ‘to pull, pluck,’ Middle Dutch rucken, Old High German rucchan, German rücken ‘to move jerkily.’ Documentary, from Middle French document ‘lesson, written evidence,’ (from Latin documentum ‘example, proof, lesson,’ from docere ‘to show, teach’) + French –ary ‘A, N’
Source : This Is Spinal Tap
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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