A Letter From The Publisher: may 21, 1965

THE ears of nearly every TIME reader everywhere surely have been haunted, horrified or, at least, reached by that pervasive, durable phenomenon known as rock 'n' roll. This week's cover, a photomontage* put together by Associate Editor Charles P. Jackson, shows some of the young performers who are now at the top of what can only be described as the heap. They are 1) The Shindig Dancers, 2) The Beach Boys, 3) Petula Clark, 4) Trini Lopez, 5) Herman of Herman's Hermits, 6) The Righteous Brothers, and 7) The Supremes. What they and their fellow bobbers of the big beat are...