Wednesday, July 22, 2009
SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK CALLED HOW THE BEATLES DESTROYED ROCK AND ROLL
It's a ridiculous premise, The Beatles didn't destroy rock and roll. But what I kind of respect about the premise of the book is that it doesn't totally follow, and swallow, conventional rock critic wisdom. The basic premise, according the The New York Times review, is that The Beatles took dance music that crossed racial barriers and made it into music made mostly by, and for, white people. On one hand, I seriously doubt that The Beatles could have predicted that as they were evolving artistically, the music they were making would be considered "music for white people." Yet it is an interesting point. The guy also wrote a book debunking the myth of Robert Johnson, so he likes doing this kind of thing. Hopefully his next book will be, Do, Like, You Really Like Pavement. Really? Or No, Admit It, No One's Listening: Animal Collective Is Boring.