Rock 'n' Roll: Some Place near Despairsville


The psychodynamics of the rock 'n' roller has long been a fertile field of motivational researchers. In the primitive Blue Suede Shoes era eight years ago, Elvis was first explained as father of a faintly menacing breed of children's crusaders marshaling the anti-parent instinct into a kind of teen-age Viet Cong. Later the diagnosis changed; the real rock addict was pronounced a "rhythmic obedient" whose craving for the big beat was only the expression of his frustrated wish to obey mother. Such findings were hardly helpful to the record industry in its search for a solid money-making groove....

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