Rock 'n' Roll: The New Troubadours


"Zeeks!" gasped one teenybopper. "You can't even dance to it!" She was referring to the Beatles' latest release, Eleanor Rigby, in which the shaggy four sing to the accompaniment of a double string quartet. Rigby is typical of the newest and in many ways most welcome upheaval to rock rock 'n' roll in years. To begin with, the familiar big beat of rock 'n' roll is receding—not in sales, but in decibels. The reason is simply that there is a big message in lyrics nowadays, and the kids want to hear...

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