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Thread #121094 Message #2639985
Posted By: Ron Davies
24-May-09 - 03:56 PM
Thread Name: Review: How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll
Subject: RE: Review: How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Rol
Sounds like a good book, on a cursory glance. I'm probably not an unbiased observer, since I've said for decades that 1966 was the peak year for pop music-- (in the rock era--actually the 30's and 40's had the best pop music ever). Since 1966 it's been just about straight down, and now the slide has become just about a vertical fall.
And "Sgt Pepper" was the first absolutely clear sign of the problem. The Beatles got into a studio, and fascinated by all the dials, started getting "creative". The kiss of death.
Up to 1966, the Beatles clearly acknowledged the debt to American R & B. Then in 1967 the overwhelming success --and absurdly overpraising and overparsing ---of "Pepper" encouraged every other 2-bit group with access to a studio to twist dials to create their own "masterpiece". And everybody, even groups that had no need whatsoever--( since their original sound was far better than the tripe coming out of studios)-- like the Temptations, jumped on the bandwagon. Then it was a race to the bottom, with technopop and other abominations just around the corner.
I may well buy this book. Always nice to have your opinions published. Even if you didn't write the book.