Anti-rock: The Opposition to Rock 'n' Roll

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Da Capo Press, 1993 - Music - 374 pages
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Rock is a music of rebellion against authority, and has consequently frightened and outraged people throughout its forty-year history. Anti-Rock is the first book to detail the objections of rock's detractors. Critics from parents to religious groups, industry executives to scientists, government spokesmen to eccentric crusaders, have all attacked rock vehemently with comments such as "It's the jungle strain gets 'em all worked up"; it's "one step from fascism"; and "These deafening, dope-ridden, degenerate mob scenes have no more place in our America than would a publicly promoted gang rape." Here is: Albert Goldman, writing in the New York Times in 1968, comparing Mick Jagger to Adolf Hitler. A 1981 university study concluding that prolonged exposure to disco music "causes homosexuality in mice and deafness in pigs." Dr. John, a New York physician, writing in 1977 that rock music causes "a breakdown in the synchronization of the two sides of the brain." Tipper Gore, the former Vice-President's wife, co-chair of the Parents Music Resource Center and author of Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society, commenting on heavy metal lyrics: "I'm a fairly with-it person, but this stuff is curling my hair."
 

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Contents

Parti 19531962
3
Leerics
15
Riots in the Streets
27
Combat the Menace
41
From the Waist Up
59
Stars Eclipsed
69
Rock around the World
79
ASCAP Payola and Alan Freed
85
A Deafening Noise
165
Holy Rollers
177
See No Evil Hear No Evil
185
Turn On Tune In Drop Out
199
Part HI 19741986
217
Punk Perverts Disco Sucks Metal Menaces
223
The Evil Beat Will Make You Weak
235
The Decadent Music Abroad
241

Emasculated Rock
103
19631973
107
Rock Resurrects
111
Out of Sight
117
Ban the Beat
129
Against the Groove
145
Rockers Go Home
153
The Communist Plot
157
Sex Rock
249
Stage Fright
261
Visual Violations
273
Thou Shalt Not Rock
281
Moms Horrified Rollers Curl PMRCs Hair
291
Notes
315
Index
353
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About the author (1993)

Linda Martin is a Canadian writers and librarians. She is co-author of Women in Comedy and The Servant Problem. Kerry Segrave is a Canadian writers and librarians. She is co-author of Women in Comedy and The Servant Problem.

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