Music: You Could Look It Up

Rating rock: Rolling Stone scores some bull's-eyes from the hip

"So I can't tell you the exact margin," James Thurber wrote in one of his most celebrated diversions. "But . . . you could look it up." Thurber was writing about baseball, specifically, about a game in which a sawed-off number named Pearl du Monville — all 35 inches of him — rallies a flagging team and pushes them on toward the pennant. There are many sources to check sports stats, but for the even woollier recreation of rock 'n' roll, the research pickings have...

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