rock and roll matters

hopscotch music fest 2011: last year's men

“Rock ‘n’ roll matters because it is the story of growing up. Arguably, rock ‘n’ roll is the reason American culture contains the myth of adolescence. In the fifties this allegory was acted out almost literally as rock’s emergence crucially split adolescents from their parents. Loving something your parents couldn’t understand was the first way to leave home. Because rock and roll is the story of growing up, it is necessarily defined by rebellion, and is therefore required over and over again to locate something against which to rebel.” — Helena Fitzgerald, in a review of the Ellen Willis anthology, Out of the Vinyl Deeps

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