Rock: The Revolutionary Hype

Music hath alarums to wild the civil breast.

No, that is not quite William Congreve's classic line of the 1690s. It is the Fugs of the 1960s, in their song When the Mode of the Music Changes. And it sounds a theme that is growing louder, if not clearer, throughout contemporary rock: change, wildness, rebellion against civil authority. Social and political revolution, that catchword of radical left rhetoric, is becoming a fashionable topic for more and more rock groups—at least as far as their lyrics go.*

Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet . . .

Hey, think the time...

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