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November-December 2015 in Black Lamb

November 1st, 2015

The All-Rock 'n' Roll Issue

In our combined November-December Issue, the All-Rock ‘n’ Roll Issue, Terry Ross looks back on his patchy rock ‘n’ roll history. In Rise up! Greg Roberts urges people to abandon what he calls “garbage music.” Susan Bennett remembers her attendance at Woodstock in I was there, really. In Between a rock and a blue moon John M. Daniel looks at rock ‘n’ roll and what came before it. Toby Tompkins confesses to having been a nascent folk-rocker in Backbeat. In Feeling, Rochelle Singer contributes another letter from Tel Aviv. We round out our articles with a collection of book reviews, some about rock ‘n’ roll, some not.

We welcome science writer Lewis Thomas and super-critic Jacques Barzun into our star-studded gallery of Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge champ Trixie Barkis poses some new card problems. Our lamb recipe of the month is for an intriguing Lamb Salad. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall once again answers readers’ questions. And Professor Avram Khan weighs in with another difficult word puzzle.

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Rise up!

November 1st, 2015

BY GREG ROBERTS

Many modern developments are worse than their predecessors. White sliced bread is a tasteless blob compared to a baguette or focaccia; modern factory chickens aren’t half as good as the yellow-meated ones that once roamed the barnyard. Many things that we created for mass consumption are a step backward, a devolution.

Electric musical instruments fall into this category. Hammond organs, electric violins, and certainly electric guitars are abominations that sound much worse than their acoustic originals. That noise is unnatural and unhealthy but — like a fakir chewing on splinters of glass — we are now used to it. Even the academics and intellectuals embrace music that is “ritardando.” When Carl Sagan selected material for a cultural capsule to be launched into space, he chose, in addition to J.S. Bach, the music of Chuck Berry. Carl was in kneejerk mode when he did that: wannabe cool mode, pandering mode. In retrospect he was just another lame-o.

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